We, the undersigned, are concerned that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5):Includes many diagnostic categories with questionable reliability, which may lead to misleading assumptions about their scientific validity;Did not receive a much-needed and widely requested external scientific review;May compromise patient safety through the implementation of lowered diagnostic thresholds and the introduction of new diagnostic categories that do not have sufficient empirical backing;Is the result of a process that gives the impression of putting institutional needs ahead of public welfare.
… and, because of the above, we are concerned that DSM-5:
What, then, do we recommend?
These concerns shouldbe resolved through concerted, interprofessional,
international dialogue and scientific research.
See full Statement of Concern at dsm5response.com