NIMH Launches RDoC for New Classifications

Transforming Diagnosis for Mental Health Disorders

Loss of support for the new DSM-5 creates a break away from traditionally accepted diagnoses of mental health illnesses by NIH federally funded researchers. To develop a better system, NIMH is re-orienting its research away from DSM categories by supporting research projects that incorporate genetics, imaging, cognitive science, and other levels of information to lay the foundation for a new classification system of mental illness.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) responded strongly to the DSM-5 by launching the 10-year Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.  Their assumptions are:

In a recent announcement, NIMH was critical of the current symptom-based categories utilized by the American Psychiatric Association in their DSM manuals.  'As two eminent psychiatric geneticists recently concluded, "At the end of the 19th century, it was logical to use a simple diagnostic approach that offered reasonable prognostic validity. At the beginning of the 21st century, we must set our sights higher."'  To read the full announcement by Dr. Thomas Insel, click here.