Kupfer stated that “efforts like the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria [RDoC] are vital to the continued progress of our collective understanding of mental disorders." He continued by noting that Insel's vision of a system based on biological and genetic markers "remains disappointingly distant" and "cannot serve us in the here and now." It "merely hand[s] patients another promissory note that something may happen sometime. Every day," he said, psychiatrists must respond to patients who are suffering. "Our patients deserve no less."
The complete text of Kupfer's statement is posted at http://www.psych.org/File%20Library/Advocacy%20and%20Newsroom/Press%20Releases/2013%20Releases/13-33-Statement-from-DSM-Chair-David-Kupfer--MD.pdf.