Deadline near for comments on DSM-5 draft diagnostic criteria: The two-month window for submitting comments on changes proposed for the next version of the DSM closes on April 20, 2010. Among changes being considered is a new "risk syndromes" category, with information to help clinicians identify earlier stages of some serious mental disorders, such as dementia and psychosis. A new diagnostic category is proposed for the mood disorders section of the manual—temper dysregulation with dysphoria (TDD). The proposed TDD criteria are based on a decade of research on severe mood dysregulation and may help clinicians better differentiate children with these symptoms from those with bipolar disorder or oppositional defiant disorder. In addition, two new scales for assessing individuals' risk factors for suicide, one for adolescents and one for adults, are being considered for inclusion in the new manual. Although the DSM-IV includes thoughts of suicide as a symptom of some mental disorders, such as major depression, the proposed suicide risk scales have been designed for use with anyone receiving an evaluation for a mental disorder, regardless of diagnosis, to help clinicians better identify those at risk of suicide. Public comments can be submitted on the DSM-5 development Web site at www.dsm5.org.