Proposed DSM-5 Receives ‘Unprecedented’ Public Response

After a 2-month period of public review and commentary, which garnered “unprecedented” response, the first phase of field trials testing some of the proposed diagnostic criteria changes to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are set to begin this summer.

Speaking at a press briefing here at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2010 Annual Meeting, DSM-5 Task Force chairman David J. Kupfer, MD, told reporters that the new manual appears to be on track for the target publish date of May 2013.
Dr. David J. Kupfer

On February 20, the APA released the long-awaited draft of the DSM-5 and posted it for public feedback on the DSM-5 Website ( “We provided an opportunity for individuals from all over the world to provide us with written commentary,” said Dr. Kupfer.

By April 20, when the APA closed the 10-week public review period, Dr. Kupfer said the DSM-5 Task Force, which includes 13 work groups representing different categories of psychiatric diagnoses, had received close to 10,000 written responses.

Reported by Caroline Cassels
Medscape Medical News

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