On a Premenstrual Psychiatric Diagnosis: What's in a Name?
A new diagnosis has been approved for inclusion in a special appendix of the revised catalog of psychiatric disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3rd ed.). This diagnosis, "Late Luteal Phase Dysphoric Disorder", is gender specific, insofar as only women have the potential for menstrual cycles. Because it pertains to only one gender, this diagnosis should be carefully scrutinized for potential bias. To aid in evaluating the diagnosis, we critically examine research on premenstrual symptoms, the rationale and supporting evidence for the diagnosis, and its potential scientific, clinical, and social ramifications.
Gallant, SJ; Hamilton, JA
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