By Mark Griffin

Last week, the American Psychiatric Association released its draft of the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM. As The Economist astutely notes:

“Mental illness carrying the stigma that it does, and the brain being as little-understood as it is, revising the DSM is always a controversial undertaking.”

The DSM codifies sets of behaviors as pathological in order to define different mental disorders. Stated simply, it explains what human behaviors are normal to health care professionals and to their patients.

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