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DSM-5 and Psycho-Oncology 

DSM-5 and Psycho-Oncology
DSM-5 and Psycho-Oncology
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

John W. Barnhill

and Anna L. Dickerman


The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was published in 2013, and the DSM-5 features many revisions that are especially pertinent to psycho-oncology. Some of these changes involve structural reorganization, like the redistribution of DSM-IV’s single anxiety disorder chapter into chapters on anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Other changes are more specific to a single diagnosis, such as the removal of the “grief-exclusion” of major depressive disorder. DSM-5 remains a clinical manual whose primary aim is to provide reliable, valid criteria that can aid in diagnosis and treatment. Standardized diagnostic criteria promote a common language and reduce the likelihood of idiosyncratic and misleading terminology. DSM-5 also serves as an important educational tool for both professionals and lay people. It does so not only through well-known (and sometimes controversial) diagnostic criteria, but also through extensive discussions of related features.

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