The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM)
is a diagnostic framework that attempts to characterize the whole
person--the depth as well as the surface of emotional, cognitive, and
social functioning. It emphasizes individual variations as well as
commonalities. We hope that this framework will bring about improvements
in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and will permit a
fuller understanding of the functioning of the mind and brain and their
development. The goal of the PDM is to complement the DSM and ICD
efforts of the past 30 years in cataloguing symptoms by explicating the
full range of mental functioning.
The PDM is based on current neuroscience, treatment outcome
research, and other empirical investigations. Research on brain
development and the maturation of mental processes suggests that
patterns of emotional, social, and behavioral functioning involve many
areas working together rather than in isolation.