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From: "Jack Drescher"

Date: 15 June 2007 13:08:09 BDT

Subject: From the American Psychiatric Association:  The DSM-V Process



From the American Psychiatric Association

The DSM-V Process

New disorders? Revised disorders? Better differentiated disorders?

The APA has commenced an effort to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is expected to produce DSM-V in 2012. You may have already seen news stories suggesting that a "new" disorder may make it into the next DSM. In fact, one such story appears in todayís Headlines, about "video game addiction."

We want you, our members, to have the facts. The DSM-V process has begun. We have named the chair and co-chair of the DSM-V Task Force: David Kupfer, M.D., and Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H., respectively. And we are in the process of establishing the full task force, which will have overall responsibility for DSM-Vís development. Stay tuned for names, as we anticipate making an announcement in the second part of July.

Thereafter we will move to establish some 20 to 25 workgroups, each consisting of 8 to 15 members with research and clinical expertise in a given disorder or group of disorders. Only once these groups are working can actual revisions to DSM be considered. All changes and updates will be based on the latest and best science.

We hope you find this information helpful. Revising DSM requires a years-long, rigorous process - and one that is transparent and open to suggestions from you, our colleagues in the medical and mental health communities, the public and elsewhere.


The American Psychiatric Association

Jack Drescher, MD