May 1984

Suggestions for Changes in DSM-III

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Benedum Geriatrics/Geriatric Module 3601 Fifth Ave, Fourth Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15213; Chair, Work Group to Revise DSM-III 722 W 168th St New York, NY 10032

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1984;41(5):528. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1984.01790160114017

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To the Editor.—  As some of your readers already know, work has begun on a revision of DSM-III, with the publication of DSM-III-R to be no later than 1986. The purpose of this letter is to encourage readers of the Archives to send us suggestions for changes in the text or criteria of DSM-III. General suggestions (eg, "The boundary between Dysthymic Disorder and Major Depressive Episode needs to be sharpened") are not nearly as useful as specific suggestions for changes (eg, "I would suggest that criterion C of Dysthymic Disorder be changed to the following... ").To facilitate review of suggestions, we would ask that each topic be on a separate sheet of plain paper with the date, the contributor's name, and the topic in the upper right-hand corner of the page, as follows:January 15, 1984Howard Jones, MDCriterion A of Schizophrenia There should also be a cover letter

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