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David J. Kupfer, M.D.
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David J. Kupfer, M.D., is chair of the DSM-5 Task Force and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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How the Official Psychiatric Guidebook Deals With the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 11:45 PM

The Internet is now an integral, even inescapable part of many people's daily lives, used to send messages, read news, conduct business, and much more. But some individuals become consumed with certain aspects of the Internet, particularly online games, to the exclusion of jobs, studies, or family commitments. The impact...

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Eating Disorders in DSM-5: Trading Catch-All Diagnostic Categories for Precise Descriptions

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 1:35 PM

The most prevalent eating disorder in DSM-IV was "Eating Disorders -- Not Otherwise Specified." Never heard of it? Not familiar with the symptoms? You're not alone. This one-size-fits-most diagnosis became a default diagnosis, reflecting the inadequate criteria of DSM-IV's eating disorders chapter.

This wasn't an issue when DSM-IV was...

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DSM-5's New Approach to Suicide Risk, Behavior

(63) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Nobody wants to talk about suicide. It's taboo -- something to be discussed in hushed tones, behind closed doors, and often not until it's too late. But our discomfort with the subject has only made it worse; suicide is now a serious public health problem in this country. Every year,...

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Somatic Symptoms Criteria in DSM-5 Improve Diagnosis, Care

(50) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:02 PM

While the goal of the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is clear, accurate criteria for diagnosing mental disorders, the motivation behind the book's revision was the improvement of diagnosis and clinical care. Somatoform disorders are one area where definitive progress was...

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Field Trial Results Guide DSM Recommendations

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Written with Helena C. Kraemer, Ph.D.

Two years ago this month, APA announced the start of field trials that would subject proposed diagnostic criteria for the future DSM-5 to rigorous, empirically sound evaluation across diverse clinical settings. And now, as the first comprehensive analyses of that effort are published, what's...

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