The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has apparently decided the DSM is not overly relevant to its desire to find out the truth about psychological symptoms and disorders. The NIMH is not using those diagnoses as a foundation for ongoing research. The new Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project to is intended to transform diagnosis by incorporating genetics, imaging, cognitive science, and more to create a new classification system. The new system of knowledge will be based on biology as well as symptoms, and will consider specific brain circuits, genetics, and experiences without regard for DSM categories. In fact the NIH is looking to support research projects that look across or subdivide current categories.
This is superb and hopeful to everyone who was ever stuck with a diagnosis that didn't fit, or medicated (with side effects) when a simpler solution wasn't even entertained. My congratulations to the NIH for being independent enough to seek the truth. Evidence-based medicine may eventually come to the world of psychiatry.