Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Psychiatry’s diagnostic guidebook is getting its first major update in more than three decades.

When the new version of the “Bible of Psychiatry” comes out next year many psychiatrists and patients will be looking for certain disorders to be listed, or at least better defined.

For instance, autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“There’s a lot of evidence that shows that early intervention and treatment is really helpful in changing the outcome,” says Dr. Miggie Greenburg, associate professor of psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine. “But when it wasn’t considered a diagnosis insurance wouldn’t pay for extra treatment.”

And she says that’s one of the main reasons for this refreshening of the guidebook.

“Sometimes there’s a whole group of people who want many more things included,” Greenburg tells KMOX News, “because then maybe insurance will pay for them.”

The New York Times reports that the revision now underway has psychiatrists tweaking their proposed definition of depression to allay fears that the normal sadness many people feel after the loss of a loved one, a job or a marriage is not mistaken for a mental disorder.


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