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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.

SPONSORED BY THE COMMITTEE TO BOYCOTT THE DSM-5

(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. )


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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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  • Teresa Kowalski
    Teresa Kowalski United States, Roseburg
    Dec 29, 2015
    Dec 29, 2015
    I am appalled at the level of control the American Psychiatric Association is reaching for. This is so wrong on every level the stripping of soul from man.
  • Watsky!
    Watsky! United States, Minot
    Nov 06, 2015
    Nov 06, 2015
    My moms justice! RIP!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 26, 2015
    Sep 26, 2015
    This attempt at the globalization of psychotherapy and overhauling for the purpose of serving the pharmaceutical industry is unthinkable. Thank you to the organizers of this petition.
  • George Damasevitz
    George Damasevitz United States, Gloversville
    Jun 22, 2015
    Jun 22, 2015
    Science, not business must drive the medical practice.
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    Nathalie Houdret United Kingdom
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    Teresa Kowalski United States
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