DSM-5 Draft Criteria

APNA Encourages Members to Comment on DSM-5 Draft Criteria

This information on DSM-5 is from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). APNA encourages all members to review the new DSM-5 criteria on the APA website and comment directly to APA.

DSM-5 Draft Criteria Available for Public Comment

The American Psychiatric Association is seeking your comments on proposed criteria for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health and other health professionals for diagnostic and research purposes. Proposed DSM-5 draft criteria will be available for review and comment at www.DSM5.org from February 10 to April 20, 2010. Health professionals, mental health consumers and family members are invited to visit the site to review and comment on the draft criteria.

DSM-5 remains a work in progress: following the public comment period, the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups will spend two years reviewing and refining proposed criteria based on public comments and the results of field trials, which will be conducted in three phases to test some of the proposed diagnostic criteria in real-world clinical settings. The release of the final DSM-5 is expected in May 2013. For more information, visit

Additionally, APNA will generate an organizational response that will be coordinated through the APNA Institute on Mental Health Advocacy, Co-Chaired by Christine Tebaldi and Margaret Halter. APNA requests that you also share your comments for incorporation into our organizational response. Please share your comments via email to Tandi-Jo Lantrip at tlantrip@apna.org. Please respond to APNA by April 2, 2010 to allow sufficient time to gather all members input by the APA deadline later that month.

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