Part 2: Upcoming Changes in the DSM-5 Spark Major Controversies

Yesterday, we reported about the changes to the criteria and categories of Autism Spectrum Disorders that are planned for the DSM-5.


Other changes in the DSM-5 include:

•    A new diagnosis for severe recurrent temper tantrums – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). Some critics say this new diagnosis will cause some children who have normal temper tantrums to be labeled with this new mental disorder. Those supporting the new diagnosis say it will address concerns about too many children being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and then treated with unnecessary psychiatric drugs. Bipolar disorder involves sharp mood swings and children with this disorder are often very irritable and have explosive tantrums.  Do you have a family member with DMDD or another mental disorder?  Read more about our Special Needs Planning and how we can help you.
•    Eliminating the term “gender identity disorder.” This term has been used for those who strongly believe that their bodies were born of the wrong gender. Those supporting the change feel the condition isn’t a disorder and say calling it a disorder is stigmatizing. The term will be replaced with “gender dysphoria,” which means emotional distress over one’s gender. Supporters say the change is similar to removing homosexuality as a mental illness in the DSM, which was done decades ago. We here at Farr Law Firm, P.C. have strategies in place to help LGBT elders and their family members. Visit our website at to find out more.  In addition, please refer to our recent LGBT Article for information about how we can help LGBT couples. 

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Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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