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May 18, 2013

On May 18th, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM.  The DSM is the standard reference that healthcare providers use to diagnose mental and behavioral conditions. The new version is referred to as the “DSM-5.”

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the New DSM-5

Experts at Autism Speaks have put together answers to your questions to help you better understand what these changes mean and how they might affect your loved one's diagnosis and access to services.

Letter from Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Regarding the DSM-5

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. has written a letter to the community about the new changes and what we are doing at Autism Speaks to help the autism community as these changes take effect. 

DSM-5 Live Chat

On Monday, May 20th, we hosted a Live Chat with Alycia Halladay, Ph.D., Autism Speaks senior director, environmental and clinical sciences and Lisa Goring, vice president of Family Services. Read a transcript of their answers to your questions regarding the DSM-5 changes.

DSM-5 News and Updates from Autism Speaks

Stay up-to-date on all of the news, information and resources we have related to the DSM-5. 

We Want Your Feedback

To ensure that all who need autism-related services continue to receive them, we’ve developed two surveys – one for individuals and families affected by autism and one for professionals. 

Autism Response Team

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DSM-5 Information from the American Psychiatric Association

This website from the APA provides information on implementation of the manual, answers frequently asked questions, lists DSM-5 corrections, and provides a mechanism for submitting questions and feedback regarding implementation of the manual.