The long awaited fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders is now out. The American Psychiatric Association site provides a useful outline of the changes in the new edition. DSM-5 is used in America and a number of other countries in the world. The World Health Organisation produces the International Classification of Diseases which is used elsewhere including the UK and they are soon due to publish an 11th Edition with discussion about possibly reconciling the two diagnostic systems at some point. As above, the APA has given an overview of the changes which includes the following factsheets
The APA have produced a number of other factsheets also.
There is an interesting study in PLOS One (n=86) in which researchers looked at the relationship between exercise and cognition in older adults. The researchers looked at people aged 70-80 undergoing twice weekly aerobic training, twice-weekly balance and tone classes or twice weekly resistance training over a period of 6 months. The researchers found that the resistance training group showed a performance improvement in the Stroop test (which can be used to examine executive function ) which was statistically significant (p=0.04) in comparison with the control group (balance and tone group). The researchers suggest this approach might be considered for Mild Cognitive Impairment and it will be interesting to see the results of further research in this area. The selection criteria for these exercises is important also as some people may not be suitable due to health issues and would need to consult with their physician.
The Freudian Clip Film Club in conjunction with Dr Raj Persaud is presenting the ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ on May 28th in London (for details see here).
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