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DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Final Public Comment

May 2nd through June 15th, 2012
May 23, 2012

The American Psychiatric Associate and the members of the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups have opened up public comment on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). For the next six weeks, commenting and feedback to the current draft of the DMS-5 is open to the public. 


For the next 6 weeks we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity to submit comments on the draft fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This commenting period marks the third and final time DSM-5 draft criteria will be available for your feedback. Following this period the site will remain viewable with the draft proposals until DSM-5’s publication.

Following the previous commenting period (May-July 2011), members of the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups reviewed feedback submitted to this site and, where appropriate, revised their proposed diagnostic criteria and made other changes. With the completion of the DSM-5 Field Trials, Work Group members have spent the past several months examining data and findings from these important studies. Therefore, the proposed diagnostic criteria found on this site are the result of the DSM-5 Work Groups’ ongoing deliberations, based on findings from scientific field studies, patient and clinician perspectives, and views from the general public. We want to stress that revisions will continue to be made, as necessary, over the next several months.