- What is the DSM? Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Every so often they revise the DSM. When I was in college, we studied the DSM III (3), but knew that DSM IV (4) was on our heels and knew that some changes would be made.
- I graduated with my degree in Social Work.
- I was diagnosed with an illness from the DSM 3 my freshmen year of college and after I read the definition for a paper I wrote on said illness my senior year I thought the psychologist should have been diagnosed with it instead! FYI, I do not have said "disorder." It turned out to be Lyme Disease.
- These are my opinions and my opinions alone.
The thing that made me hot - really hot and the thing I had forgotten about was that in the DSM IV they had a label of "Severe Recurrent Temper Tantrums." The name itself makes me kind of chuckle. I have seen children with this problem - but the DSM guidelines will change the name to Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder! Sometimes it's best just to call a spade a spade instead of a "sturdy hand shovel."