On Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, the Big Picture Film Team sent out a “Dyslexia Alert” e-mail in regard to the removal of dyslexia from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the manual used by mental health professionals for a diagnosis of mental and neurodevelopmental disorders.
The DSM-5 is scheduled to be published in May 2013 and it is the first major update that the manual has undergone since 1994. The Roman numerals which had been attached to DSM since its second edition (i.e. previous DSM-IV) is being changed in order to use the manual in the new technological environment “of the 21st century”.
According to the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Development website, the DSM-5 “is intended to be a manual for assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders and will not include information or guidelines for treatment for any disorder.”