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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 79-85

Will the DSM-5 and ICD-11 “Make-over” really make a difference to women's mental health?

Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Prof. Prabha S Chandra
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_34_18

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The recent modifications to the classificatory systems were expected to enhance the recognition of various psychiatric conditions specific to women. Several researchers and clinicians had made specific recommendations regarding four main conditions; that is, female sexual dysfunction (FSD), perinatal psychiatric disorders (PPDs), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder and eating disorders; to improve the clinical utility of these diagnoses. While FSD has undergone considerable change with its own special place outside of mental health, not all suggestions regarding PPDs were considered. A major advance in both Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD11) has been the inclusion of the antenatal period in PPDs, which had hitherto been left out. However, two recommendations related to PPDs-increase in the time frame of the postpartum definition and inclusion of mother–infant interaction disorders were not considered, which we believe are valuable opportunities lost. Substantial changes have been included in the clinical manifestations and course of eating disorders, based on evidence and cross-cultural differences. One condition included in ICD-11 which may help women get better treatment is complex posttraumatic stress disorder. It appears that while there are some changes that are positive, more could have been achieved for women's mental health.

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