DSM 5 indeed is a manual of the state of knowledge of the mental disorders, by experts in the field of mental health and related professions, for the betterment of those involved with mental disorders including patients, clinicians, researchers, administrators, insurance companies, and other stakeholders. It has retained the categorical model of DSM IV in large proportion. Some clinical conditions have been recategorized. Dimensions of individual clinical condition are added. We will have to understand and apply them in our clinical practice ahead of meaningful debates on their relevance. At this moment, one would readily concur with Dr. Jeffrey Liebermann and Dr. Thomas Insel that “….along with the International Classification of Diseases, the DSM (5) represents the best information currently available for clinical diagnosis of mental disorders” and that the two publications “remain the contemporary consensus standard to how mental disorders are diagnosed and treated”
American Psychiatric Association. Lieberman, Insel Issue Joint Statement About DSM-5 and RDoC” APA Psychiatric News Alert May 15, 2013. [Last accessed on 2013, Jul 1]. Available from: https://bay170.mail.live.com/default.aspx .