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BioSocieties

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 467–475 | Cite as

Drawing borders of mental disorders: An interview with David Kupfer

  • Berend Verhoeff
Interview

Abstract

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is on its way and will most likely be published in 2013. The chair of the task force of this significant project, Dr David Kupfer, was in the Netherlands at a national psychiatry conference to give an update on its progress. Shortly before his main lecture I had the opportunity to talk to him. We discussed the current striking rise of particularly children with a psychiatric diagnosis and how DSM-5 will deal with this development. This issue led to a discussion on how the fundamental distinction between normal psychological functioning and psychopathology will be made in DSM-5.

Keywords

DSM-5 interview David Kupfer normality psychopathology epidemics 

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© The London School of Economics and Political Science 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Berend Verhoeff
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  1. 1.Theory and History of Psychology, University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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