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A Counselor's Role in Diagnosing the Proposed DSM-5 Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome: A Pathway to Early Intervention or Iatrogenic Consequences?
Vanessa Jung Tirman and Ryan P. Melton
Evaluating the inclusion criteria of APS into the DSM-5 under the diagnostic category of Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorder is another purpose of this paper. Based on recent information provided by the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on DSM-5, dated April 27, 2012, the diagnosis of APS has been recommended for further research and proposed for Section III of the DSM-5. The authors agree with the direction that the DSM-5 task force has taken to require further research in this important diagnosis. Creating a diagnosis that treats prodromal psychosis as a precursor to schizophrenia and not a precursor for other well recognized disorders with psychotic features such as bipolar, trauma, and stressor-related disorders is a disservice and dangerous to the patient.