APA announces second public review of DSM-5 draft criteria and structure

American Psychiatric Association (APA) announces second public review of DSM-5 draft criteria and structure

Post #73 Shortlink: http://wp.me/pKrrB-12k

Second public stakeholder review and feedback period now 4 May to 15 June

APA News Release No: 11-27 PDF: http://tinyurl.com/APAnewsrelease4may11 

or open PDF on this site here: New Framework Proposed for Manual of Mental Disorders

Online posting of draft disorders and criteria proposed by the 13 DSM-5 Work Groups for new and existing mental disorders had originally been scheduled for May-June, this year. According to a revised Timeline on the APA’s DSM-5 Development site, in March, this second public review exercise had been rescheduled for August-September:

“August-September 2011: Online Posting of Revised Criteria. Following the internal review, revised draft diagnostic criteria will be posted online for approximately one month to allow the public to provide feedback. This site will be closed for feedback by midnight on September 30, 2011.”

But yesterday, 4 May, the APA announced that the second public review period is now open and will run from May to 15 June.

The DSM-5 site was updated yesterday with announcements and revised proposals (dated May 4, 2011) across all categories. The current review period closes on 15th June – just six weeks away.

Note that this is a public and stakeholder review and feedback exercise and is not restricted to professionals or members of the American Psychiatric Association.

There is a Task Force announcement here: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx


What Specifically Has Changed on This Site?

“You will notice several changes to this Web site since we first launched in February 2010. Numerous disorders contain updated criteria…

” ...Is There Opportunity to Provide Further Comments?

“At this time, we are asking visitors to review and comment on the proposed DSM-5 organizational structure and criteria changes. Please note that the current commenting period will end on June 15, 2011. It is important to remember that the proposed structure featured here is only a draft. These proposed headings were reviewed by the DSM-5 Task Force in November 2010…

“…The content on this site will stay in its current form until after completion of the DSM-5 Field Trials, scheduled to conclude later this year. Following analysis of field trial results, we will revise the proposed criteria as needed and, after appropriate review and approval, we will post these changes on this Web site. At that time, we will again open the site to a third round of comments from visitors, which will be systematically reviewed by each of the work groups for consideration of additional changes. Thus, the current commenting period is not the final opportunity for you to submit feedback, and subsequent revisions to DSM-5 proposals will be jointly informed by field trial findings as well as public commentary.

“We look forward to receiving your feedback during the coming weeks and appreciate your participation in this important process.”      [Source: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx]

There are brief notes on the proposed DSM-5 Organizational Structure here:


The “Recent updates” page for “DSM changes” and “Disorder-specific changes” is here:



Registration for submitting feedback

Last year, registration was required in order to submit comment via the DSM-5 Development website. You can register to submit feedback on the DSM-5 Development site home page or on the individual pages for specific category proposals (right hand side under “Participate”).

The revised Timeline can be read here: http://www.dsm5.org/about/Pages/Timeline.aspx

According to the Timeline, a third review and feedback is currently scheduled for January-February 2012, for two months.


Latest revisions for “Somatic Symptom Disorders”


I will post  information in the next posting specific to the proposals of the DSM-5  Work Group for “Somatic Symptom Disorders”


Media coverage of APA’s 4 May DSM-5 announcement

MedPage Today

CNN Blog


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: