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Unfortunately, children are exposed to traumatic events—isolated ones such as natural disasters or serious accidents, and recurring traumas such as domestic violence and sexual abuse. However, throughout history, most people didn’t believe that children experienced lasting psychic trauma as a result of these events.

Diagnostic Comorbidity in DSM-5: More of the Same

Child Psychiatry in DSM-5 - The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report

The epidemic of psychiatric comorbidity has been a problem since DSM-III appeared way back in 1980. Not much has been done to improve this area in the subsequent editions of the manual. 

Research Update

The DSM-5 Field Trials: What They Mean for Child Psychiatry

In advance of the official release of DSM-5 this May, the field trial data has been reported in three papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry.