Aim: To describe child and adolescent changes to the DSM-5 and discuss controversial changes. Method: Relevant changes to the structure and categorization of DSM-5 childhood conditions are examined, and controversial issues noted. Results: Important overlaps between a number of new conditions are described, and questions raised in relation to underlying assumptions about some new categories. Conclusion: Further research is required to determine the validity of new conditions, and the clinical and service effects of structural changes, particularly in respect of overlapping disorders, and categorical vs severity descriptors.
- Attention deficit disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
- Social pragmatic communication disorder