Thursday, May 3, 2012

APA Invites Third Round of Public Comment on DSM-5

For a third and final time, the American Psychiatric Association is inviting public comment on the proposed criteria for the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

The public comment period began May 2 and will  continue until June 15. Key changes posted for this round of public review include, among others, proposals to place attenuated psychosis syndrome and mixed anxiety depressive disorder in Section III of the manual, covering conditions that require further research before their consideration as formal disorders. Also proposed is adding language to major depressive disorder criteria to help differentiate between normal bereavement associated with a significant loss and symptoms that indicate a mental disorder.

Feedback to the proposed criteria can be submitted online at until the comment period ends June 15. Nearly 10,800 comments from health care professionals, mental health advocates, families, and consumers were submitted in the first two public comment periods in 2010 and 2011.

For more information about DSM-5 see Psychiatric News here.

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