Experience and Perspectives on the Classification of Organic Mental DisordersKopelman M.D. · Fleminger S.
aUniversity Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College London and bLishman Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
The official diagnostic classification systems have been increasingly employed in the last few years, and this is true of both ICD-10 and DSM-IV. We will propose a few principles which should be considered when revisions are attempted. Our existing classifications should be simplified, but new syndromes incorporated where they have pathological justification. Links to other specialist diagnostic classifications should be made (e.g. in epilepsy, sleep disorders, dementias) wherever possible. A broader range of ‘Neuropsychiatric Disorders’ should be incorporated, including alcohol-related organic disorders, head injury, sleep disorders, if possible including the ‘psychogenic syndromes’. Progressive, degenerative disorders need to be clearly distinguished from non-progressive syndromes, and some gradation of severity needs to be built into the classificatory system. Finally, the definitions need to be concise and accurate.
Prof. Michael D. Kopelman
University Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Adamson Centre
St. Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH (UK)
Tel. +44 207 928 9292, ext. 3650, Fax +44 207 633 0061
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Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’
Vol. 35, No. 2-3, Year 2002 (Cover Date: March-June 2002)
Journal Editor: E. Gabriel, Vienna; C. Mundt, Heidelberg
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)
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