A concern appears on the ‘mental disorder’ claims horizon…

31 08 2012

In May 2013, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) will be released by the American Psychiatric Association, replacing the current DSM IV. If  the proposed changes remain, the criteria required for a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) will be lowered.

See: GAD Proposed 

Some feel the lowering of the diagnostic threshold is too much, and that too many people would meet this criteria.

See this article by Allan V. Horwitz

I worry about the possible impact in BC given the recent changes to compensation for mental disorders. I support the changes made by Bill 14, and I feel we need to make a greater shift towards psychologically healthy workplaces generally.

However, at a time when industry will be adjusting to the impact of these claims, and in the case of the construction industry, adjusting to the progressive loss of the protective cap perviously applied to their WCB premiums, it might all be a lot to deal with.





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