Question presented since we went from version IV to DSM-5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders M21-1 MR Part III IV 3 Sec A-1 General Claims Process: Which version are being used in claims?
Click this link for the most recent version Section A. Examination Requests – Veterans Benefits – United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Effective August 4, 2014, 38 CFR 4.125 was amended to reflect that a diagnosis of a mental disorder must conform to the standards set in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Before that date, the regulation required diagnoses to conform to the DSM-IV.
For new examination requests on or after August 27, 2014, VHA examinations must be performed using DSM-5 criteria. No comment to that effect is required on requests for mental disorders or PTSD DBQs.