"This approach facilitates diagnostic agreement among clinicians but may hamper the search for underlying biobehavioral signatures of these conditions (e.g., Gross & Jazaieri, 2014). In response to the emphasis of the DSM and its predecessors in favoring surface characteristics, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has proposed an alternate system of nosology called the " Research Domain Criteria initiative " (Cuthbert & Insel, 2010), which seeks to identify mechanisms that explain processes from normative to dysfunctional variants in hopes that new forms of intervention can be developed to normalize the underlying biobehavioral markers and ideally improve treatment efficacy for otherwise treatment refractory disorders. One set of particularly refractory conditions is the " distress disorders, " which include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and posttraumatic stress disorder. "
"We endorse this new methodology because we recognize its inherent value. Nevertheless, even a brief summary of this approach is well beyond the scope of this article (for comprehensive reviews, see Casey, Oliveri, & Insel, 2014; Cuthbert & Insel, 2010; Insel et al., 2010; Sanislow et al., 2010; Voeller, 2004; Whelan et al., 2012). "
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"a genetic risk at the level of endophenotypes or brain circuitry that underlies a number of major mental disorders. Indeed, at the genetic level, risk variants shared between multiple psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism, have been identified (Owen et al., 2007, 2011; Cuthbert & Insel, 2010). Important processes from where endophenotypes spanning a range of psychiatric disease might arise include the initial development of the nervous system and its subsequent refinement in the early years of life, and the functionality of synaptic connections within the circuits of the CNS. "
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European Journal of Neuroscience 04/2014; 39(7). DOI:10.1111/ejn.12500 · 3.18 Impact Factor
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