NIMH rejects updated psychiatry manual as guide to research

05/7/2013 | ScienceMag.org · PharmaLive.com

The National Institute of Mental Health will not use the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to guide the institute's research, according to a blog post from NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel. The institute is working on new standards through its Research Domain Criteria project based on genetic, physiologic and cognitive data rather than relying solely on symptoms. Stanford University biostatistician Helena Kraemer, who worked on the manual, said that the NIMH's new program is "the direction we have to go." Psychiatrist said William Carpenter drug development in the field "has been stalemated for decades."

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