Some experts are concerned over revisions to diagnostic manual

07/27/2010 | Disability Scoop

Some experts in psychiatry are concerned with the addition of a number of new diagnoses to the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used widely in the profession. The group is pointing to previous revisions that led to what they say were "three false epidemics" -- in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, childhood bipolar disorder and autism -- among the reasons for their concern. Other fears include whether the new diagnoses will lead to children being overly and prematurely medicated, the professionals said.

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