- Over 500 experts are working to release the DSM-V in Spring 2013.
- This version progresses many out-dated disorders & ties in what we've learned over the last 20 years (when the last DSM was published)
- There is something called the 'Scientific Review Committee' - basically a way to make sure any revisions are legit.
- The general definition of Personality Disorders is broken down into two categories:
- Significant impairment of of the self or identity.
- Significant impairment of interpersonal functioning (i.e. empathy or intimacy)
- Personality Disorders will fall under 6 main categories: antisocial, avoidant, borderline, narcissistic, obsessive-compulsive & schizotypal.
- 'Personality Disorder Traits Specified' describes specific traits of each category & is aimed and helping those who are only half-nuts.
- What reason is there for another DSM, is it necessary?
" . . . It has been over 20 years since the last version was published. In those twenty years we've made explosive progress in understanding and treatment. [Dr. Oldham] believes we are more than ready & if anything overdue to define how we treat Mental Illness . . . "So - this update is VERY important to us Mad Artists. Why? Because Mental Illness stifles creative innovation.
Yes I know, Art History is riddled with stories depicting the Troubled Artist - don't be fooled by this simplistic notion. Art moves us because it is the literal manifestation of emotion. . . This is WHY, even centuries later, the desperate music of Schubert or tragic eccentricity of Dali can bring you to your knees. . . Mental Illness disconnects an Artist from emotions. Emotion is your friend!
It's ok to be sad, to be angry, to be frantic. . . It's OK to be happy. . . But don't mistake Mental Disorders for emotions, they're not. They will do nothing less than nullify your creativity if left unchecked.
But more than anything - be you,
The Mad Boy