What are Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for?

There’s been a row brewing recently about the new set of psychiatric diagnoses in the draft DSM 5.

Millions of healthy people – including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes – may be wrongly labeled mentally ill by a new international diagnostic manual, specialists said on Thursday.

In a damning analysis of an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychologists, psychiatrists and other experts said new categories of mental illness identified in the book were at best “silly” and at worst “worrying and dangerous.”

I’ve occasionally been asked what all this will mean for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the UK. To be honest, I don’t think this is going to be the real issue for us. I think other issues are going to define what we do and how we do it.
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