The Evolution of the DSM

June 01, 2010

The Evolution of the DSM

This data visualization maps changes in the classification system used in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, from its very first edition in 1952 to the upcoming DSM-5, currently in field trials and due to be released in 2013. The color coding indicates the edition in which a disorder or diagnostic category first appeared, and vectors mark the trajectories of groups of disorders as they are renamed, deleted, expanded or subsumed.

This project was initiated by Amelia Grohman as a senior thesis project in Communication Design at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY. It was created using the DSM editions themselves as the primary data source. This website will be expanded to include a further reading list and a research agenda for future projects based on this first step. Please do not hesitate to contact Amelia with any feedback, suggestions, corrections or proposals for collaboration.

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Evolution of the DSM, final poster

Evolution of the DSM, final poster.

First big pencil drawing, 5 ft x 8 ft

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