Statement of Concern About the Reliability, Validity and Safety of DSM-5

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:

May result in the mislabeling of mental illness in people who would fare better without a psychiatric diagnosis;May result in unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment with psychiatric medication;May divert precious mental health resources away from those who most need them.

What, then, do we recommend?

These concerns shouldbe resolved through concerted, interprofessional, international dialogue and scientific research.

See full Statement of Concern at


Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association


International DSM-5 Response Committee, Division 32 of APA--Society for Humanistic Psychology

Division 32 of APA--Society for Humanistic Psychology


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