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Boycott the DSM-5!

We, the undersigned, will not purchase nor will we use the new DSM-5 when it is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Further, those of us associated with professionals who use the DSM – as persons receiving services from them or as family members, friends or advocates – will urge service providers not to use the DSM-5:

DSM-5 is unsafe and scientifically unsound.

Its categories or diagnoses, including newly introduced diagnoses, are not supported by scientific evidence. These diagnoses will pathologize rather than bring relief to persons in distress.

DSM-5 will drastically expand psychiatric diagnosis, mislabel millions of people as mentally ill, and cause unnecessary treatment with medication.

All references to psychosocial, environmental and spiritual factors have been removed from DSM-5. This sends a clear message to clinicians that treatment for persons judged to have psychiatric disorders can be reduced to the prescription of psychoactive medications, despite growing concerns of their dangers and skepticism about their effectiveness.

The APA has been unresponsive to widespread opposition.

The APA has been unresponsive to criticism received from professional, advocacy and lay public stakeholders during the three public reviews of its proposals. The concerns expressed by over 14,000 signatories to the “Open Letter to the DSM-5” and the request for independent, scientific review of proposed changes to the DSM have been ignored.

The APA has undermined it own credibility, choosing to protect its intellectual property and publishing profits, not the public trust.

Accordingly, we agree to boycott the DSM-5 and to urge service providers and others not to use it. If we find ourselves obliged to employ diagnostic codes, we agree to disregard the new DSM and utilize the codes listed in the ICD-9 and the next edition of ICD, when the latter is implemented in October, 2014.


(Disclaimer- DSM and DSM-5 are trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this website.
Reference to ICD9 not meant as endorsement of diagnostic codes but as an aid to those who must use them. )


The Committee to Boycott the DSM-5 The MISS Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona Initiative Pour une Clinique de Sujet (the Initiative for Individualized Treatment) France, E.U. National Alliance of Professional Psychological Providers (NAPPP), Orange County, California Academy of Medical Psychology


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  • José A. Carvalho Teixeira
    Dec 23, 2014
    Dec 23, 2014
    I am portuguese critical psychiatrist and existential psychotherapist (Existential Psychotherapy Portuguese Society) and psychopathology professor. I refuse completely DSM 5 diagnostic criteria and categories.
  • Daniel W Matthews
    Daniel W Matthews United States, Kerrville
    Sep 27, 2014
    Sep 27, 2014
    I refuse completely to endorse DSM diagnostic codes and ICD codes
  • John Jones
    John Jones United Kingdom, Cardiff
    Jul 01, 2014
    Jul 01, 2014
    Please make a petition for the UK as well
  • Lucio Sibilia, MD
    Lucio Sibilia, MD Italy, Rome
    Jan 11, 2014
    Jan 11, 2014
    I am a psychiatrist who has been a faculty member at the Sapienza University of Roma (Italy). In Italy the services use the ICD, so there is no need to adopt DSM; we teach the ICD10 classification, albeit no psychiatric classification can be so good as an ethoanalysis (analysis of trans-diagnostic cognitive-behavioral dysfunctions).
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