Between being healthy and becoming comatose: the neuropsychiatric landscape of critical illness with a focus on delirium, DSM-5 and ICD-11

Jan N. M. Schieveld, Emma H. C. W. van de Riet, Jacqueline J. M. H. Strik*

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BackgroundOne of the most important questions remaining in matters of critical illness in the year 2019 is arguably how to address the diverse neuropsychiatric complications of critical illness.Main textThe ICD-11 and DSM-5, two of the world's leading classification systems, disagree regarding important aspects of delirium; moreover, they do not mention critical illness and its neuropsychiatric complications at all.ConclusionsIt would have been desirable for the committees revising the DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10 to have joined forces in order to generate classification systems that complement each other and, moreover, that address the The Neuro-Psychiatry of Critical Illness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number222
Number of pages3
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2019


  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Delirium
  • Critical illness
  • ICD-11
  • DSM-5

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