Top DSM Pioneer Psychiatrist Passes at 83

12/30/2015 -ATIN - A major pioneer in the development of the DSM, or the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, whose early contributions to the key psychiatric text that everyone from judges to insurance companies now use to define and quantify, in other words diagnose, behavioral health illnesses has passed away, according to published reports. Dr. Robert Spitzer, starting with the DSM III in the 1980s, had his academic roots at New York's Columbia University and is widely credited with being an omnipresent force behind the rise of the DSM to its current heights as the key reference and benchmarking text for behavioral medicine, the reports said.

"Medicalizing Normal Behavior"

Wikipedia says that even Dr. Spitzer later on as the DSM grew in its power and influence began to have doubts that the text may have contributed to a tendency to "medicalize the normal human experiences of a significant number of people." And the website also said that he criticized the latest revision of the DSM, the DSM-5, for lacking transparency.

DSM-5 Strengthens Position of Addiction as a Disease

By changing the language by which it defines and refers to addiction, the DSM-5 has strongly strengthened addiction as a disease by now referring to addiction as Substance Use Disorders instead of just calling addiction substance abuse and substance dependence. And the DSM-5 also considerably strengthened the definitions of the sometimes considered more marginal addictions - though just as deadly and destructive - of sex and gambling.

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