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Changes to the DSM May Allow For New Disability Claims

October 08, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The DSM is the diagnostic bible for psychological disorders, and is the accepted gold standard diagnostic tool in Canada.  With the formal adoption of the latest edition of the DSM-5 the American Psychiatric Association has allowed a broader range of psychological disorders to be considered as diagnosable illnesses. The changes were not without controversy and are the first made in two decades.

Insurance companies, Workplace Safety and Insurance Boards, employers, and employment lawyers are bracing for potential increase in claims for everything from caffeine withdrawal to hoarding disorder. Significant positive changes also have been made such as recognizing the behavioral symptoms that accompany PTSD.

These changes certainly will allow people to seek compensation for their illnesses.  It will also provide clinicians with a better range of diagnostic tools to establish illness. It will be interesting to follow how experts will apply its diagnoses, and whether the courts in Canada will follow the advice of experts based on the DSM-5.

 

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Disability Insurance, Spinal Cord Injury

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