Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
December 18, 2008

The [DSM-V] is at least three years away from publication, but it is already stirring bitter debates over a new set of possible psychiatric disorders. Experts say some of the most crucial debates are likely to include gender identity, diagnoses of illness involving children and addictions like shopping and eating."Many of these are going to involve huge fights, I expect," said Dr. Michael First, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who edited the fourth edition of the manual but is not involved in the fifth…

“When I first heard about this agreement, I just went bonkers,” said Dr. Robert Spitzer, a psychiatry professor at Columbia and the architect of the third edition of the manual. “Transparency is necessary if the document is to have credibility, and, in time, you’re going to have people complaining all over the place that they didn’t have the opportunity to challenge anything.”

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