Psychological Medicine

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Defining ‘mental disorder’ in DSM-V

A commentary on: ‘What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? From DSM-IV to DSM-V’ by Stein et al. (2010)

M. B. Firsta1 c1 and J. C. Wakefielda2

a1 Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA

a2 Silver School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY, USA

(Received December 12 2009)

(Revised December 14 2009)

(Accepted December 14 2009)

(Online publication January 27 2010)


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr M. B. First, 1051 Riverside Drive – Unit 60, New York, NY 10032, USA. (Email: