On December 1st, the American Psychiatric Association issued a news release announcing the novelties in the upcoming version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, which will be published in May 2013. We at Rücklab are very pleased to see that Hoarding Disorder, one of our lab’s main interest areas, will be one of the very few new included disorders. APA have embraced a conservative approach to DSM-5 and the number of disorders will be roughly the same compared to the previous version of the manual. It is stated that the inclusion of Hoarding Disorder is supported by “extensive scientific research” and we at Rücklab want to thank those envolved in this reserach during the past years.
We are confident in that the addition of this new disorder will spur the research field even more and we hope that those who benefit mostly from this inclusion will be the sufferers, and their families!