What ends up (or doesn’t) in the DSM manual, otherwise known as the bible of psychiatry, can have a major impact on patients, doctors and, of course, Big Pharma. So, it’s no surprise that the debates and discussions around what will be included in the DSM’s fifth edition are already involved and intense, some three years before the guidebook is due to be released.
Drawing the lines between quirky behavior and potential mental disorder can be, well, a sketchy business, but psychiatrists working on the fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) are doing just that right now, sparking debates within and outside of their community about possible new additions to the manual.
Web site Wikileaks has uncovered a 238-page manual that addresses almost every aspect of detainees’ lives at the Guantanamo detention facility. Cooperative prisoners, for example, should be allowed three showers a week instead of two, the manual says.
The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained a “sensitive” handbook, the “Presidential Advance Manual,” which details the Bush administration’s favored tactics for clearing the president’s path (and line of sight) of demonstrators who may disagree with his leadership policies.