Help "Skin Picking disorder" enter the DSM-5
Skin picking is still not official
Believe it or not, Skin Picking is still not considered as an "official" disorder. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), is the “bible” of mental health professionals. It is published by the American Psychiatric Association, and is used to classify and diagnose mental disorders. Yet the Skin Picking disorder is not listed in the current version of the manual (DSM-4).
How you can help to make it official
The good news are that a new version, DSM-5, which is going to be published in 2013, might include Skin Picking as a disorder. The draft of DSM-5 lists skin picking under “Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders”. However, there’s still risk that it will be removed in the final version.
The draft of DSM-5 is opened for public comments until June 15th 2012. In order to make sure Skin Picking disorder makes it to the final version of the manual, you can do the following:
- Goto to http://dsm5.org
- Sign up for a username, and login
- Go to the Skin Picking page: http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevision/Pages/proposedrevision.aspx?rid=401
- Under the “Proposed Revision” tab, express your support for the proposed revision using the comment box at bottom of page.
Why is it important?
The DSM-5 publication is considered an event of huge importance in the mental health field. The last major revision was the fourth edition (DSM-4), published in 1994. If everyone makes a tiny effort of expressing support for the current draft regarding skin picking, it’ll help the disorder entering the new DSM-5, which will have a huge impact on the awareness of the disorder among mental health professionals and researchers. Let’s help make it happen!