DSM-5 Updates: Diagnostic Criteria, Inclusivity, and Racial Equity – PsychCentral.com – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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  • The DSM-5 released updates to its diagnostic and taxonomic criteria in March 2022 as the DSM-5-TR.
  • Codes for clinicians have been altered, which may improve the insurance claims process for certain mental health conditions.
  • Cultural, racial, and ethnic factors, as well as gender inclusivity, have been intentionally reviewed and updated in the new DSM-5-TR.

As the stigma around mental health continues to fade, the field itself is changing — some might say for the better.

In March 2022, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Publishing released a Text Revision (TR) to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) to add clarity around certain mental health conditions and diagnostic criteria and codes.

Highlights in the newly updated DSM-5-TR include the addition of prolonged grief disorder as a condition, as well as symptom codes for suicidal behavior and nonsuicidal self-injury.

The APA also consulted culture and equity professionals to acknowledge the historical role of racial discrimination in clinical diagnoses. Language throughout the DSM-5-TR was updated to promote inclusivity for People of Color and marginalized groups.

The DSM-5-TR has refined some of its diagnostic criteria and codes, which may better inform how mental health professionals work with their clients and how they file claims with insurance companies.

Although the DSM-5-TR cannot

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