DSM-5 Will Add PTSD for Preschoolers
[Source: ABC News]
When the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, is published in May, a small section could alter the lives of millions of children.
The manual, a reference bible for psychiatrists around the globe, will include pioneering guidelines to help doctors diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in children under the age of 6, according to two psychiatrists who worked on the draft.
“When the DSM was written 20 years ago, it was mainly written about adults and field trials were all about adults,” said Dr. Charles Zeanah Jr., vice chairman of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University. “The problem was there were children who were very severely traumatized but didn’t meet criteria because they weren’t included in the studies. Nobody knew what it looked like.”
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