I know it’s my health and that my health shouldn’t have a price tag, but it does and I’m not the one who put it there.”
When I turned 18, my social worker made it seem like I wouldn’t qualify for MediCal anymore. So I stopped filling out the forms, and stopped going to the doctor.
This week, clinicians, researchers, insurers and patients have a new handbook for diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM-5 (the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains changes that will affect young people specifically, including new guidelines on how to measure and document suicidal behavior in adolescents.
Dr. David Shaffer, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University, worked on this section of the new manual, and he gave us a little background.