Mental health ‘bible’ overhauled

DSM-5 has areas that could be ‘real problem’ for employers: Expert
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/24/2013

The ‘bible’ for the psychological and psychiatric community — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) — has been revamped for the first time in nearly two decades.

The new model, DSM-5, could have wide-ranging implications for employers in areas such as disability management, health plans and arbitration.

Created by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the manual is used by employers, arbitrators, insurers, workers’ compensation authorities and mental health professionals, according to Earl Phillips, partner in the labour and employment group at McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver.