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Differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5 as applied to child and adolescent psychiatry and neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Z. Shujah (a1) and A. Mulligan (a1)


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-5) was published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. We discuss the important differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5 with particular relevance to child and adolescent psychiatry. The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are discussed in detail, as well as a summary of other changes in DSM-5 relevant to child and adolescent psychiatry. The discussion is supported by a review of relevant literature.


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*Address for correspondence: A. Mulligan, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. (Email:


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