Action for M.E. submission to third and final DSM-5 public review (May 2 – June 15 2012)
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A reminder there are just 4 days left in which to submit feedback.
Comment period scheduled to close June 15.
Organizations, professionals, patients and advocates submitting comments in the third DSM-5 draft proposal review process are invited to provide me with copies of their submissions for publication. Submissions to the third and final DSM-5 public review are being collated on this page: http://wp.me/PKrrB-1Ol
Today, Action for M.E., has forwarded its response to the third draft:
DSM-5 Action for M.E. response
12 June 2012
Action for M.E. has formally commented on the latest draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), due to be published in May 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
We told the APA that:
“Action for M.E. notes the revised draft of DSM-5 and remains opposed to any attempt to classify CFS/M.E. as a somatic symptom disorder either explicitly or implicitly.
Comments made previously in the APA Work Group on somatoform disorders and in public by Dr Dimsdale, the SSD Work Group Chair, are far from reassuring in this respect.
Regrettably there are still General Practitioners in the UK who fail to take CFS/ME seriously and are ill informed about how to achieve a specific diagnosis. So there should be nothing in DSM-5 that will give any support to outdated views that are severely detrimental to patient care.
The presumption that ME/CFS is a somatic symptom disorder is not supported by the increasing body of research evidence pointing to the existence of underlying physical pathology. While not challenging the underlying structure of DSM-V, in our view ME/CFS would be appropriately classified in sections S03 or S04, mild or severe neurocognitive disorders secondary to underlying physical diseases, in particular neurodegenerative diseases.”
We have also responded to previous drafts.
Related content and posts:
Call to action – DSM-5 comments needed by June 15, 2012: http://wp.me/pKrrB-2bO
Somatic Symptom Disorder criteria could capture millions more under mental health diagnosis: http://wp.me/pKrrB-29B
DSM-5 Somatic Symptom Disorders: Differences between second and third draft for CSSD: http://wp.me/pKrrB-27y
DSM-5 Somatic Symptoms Work Group submissions 2012: Last chance to tell SSD Work Group why it needs to ditch unsafe and scientifically flawed proposals: http://wp.me/pKrrB-26q