Evolution

Well, the new rendition of psychiatry's diagnostic manual -- the DSM-5 -- was recently released, and not without controversy. Lots of folks are rightly wondering whether the manual -- which bases diagnostic categories primarily on maladaptive behaviors believed to cluster together -- is becoming obsolete, and whether there are better ways to communicate about "problems in living". Childhood psychiatric diagnoses saw some significant revisions, including the elimination of one diagnosis (Asperger's disorder) and the addition of a new one (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder). We're not sure the new one adds much to the discussion and understanding of kids' behavioral challenges, and we're pretty certain diagnoses aren't the best way to determine whether a child and his or her caregivers receive the help they need. So here's our latest cartoon...once again, not really that funny when you really think about it. But do feel free to submit a pithy, humorous caption.

If this is evolution, maybe I'll give some more thought to intelligent design...