The Elephant in the Room Series Three: Criticism in Psychiatric Times of the DSM-V revision process


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The Elephant in the Room Series Three: Criticism in Psychiatric Times of the DSM-V revision process

Psychiatric Times  maintains a page of resources for the current edition of DSM, DSM-IV, with updates, articles and commentary around the development of DSM-V.

“At the APA Annual Meeting this past May, Drs. Regier and Kupfer announced that the DSM-V field trials would start on July 1, 2009 and be finished by June 30, 2010, which, given the fact that they need to submit the manuscript for publication by fall 2011 to meet the May 2012 deadline, is already cutting things pretty close. However, despite the fact that the field trials are about to start imminently … crucial details remain unknown…”

                      APA and DSM-V: Empty Promises, Robert L. Spitzer, MD


Criticism of the process of developing DSM-V by Allen Francis, MD, who had been a member of the DSM-IV Task Force, and from Robert Spitzer, MD, has evoked a caustic response from APA President, Alan Schatzber and DSM-V Task Force Chairs, Kupfer and Regier…

Psychiatric Times

June 26, 2009
Psychiatric Times.
Q & A

DSM-V Badly Off Track

Allen Frances, MD
Dr Frances was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He is currently professor emeritus at Duke.


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26 June 2009
Psychiatric Times.

A Warning Sign on the Road to DSM-V: Beware of Its Unintended Consequences
Allen Frances, MD


23 Jun 2009
DSM-V Shadow Team: Retaliations & Beware of Consequences

Commentary by Doug Bremner, MD


01 July 2009
Psychiatric Times.

Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Frances Commentary on DSM-V
Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, James H. Scully Jr, MD, David J. Kupfer, MD, Darrel A. Regier, MD, MPH

Dr Schatzberg is President of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr Scully is Medical Director, CEO, of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr Kupfer is Chair, DSM-V Task Force
Dr Regier is Vice Chair, DSM-V Task Force


02 July 2009
Psychiatric Times.

APA and DSM-V: Empty Promises
Robert L. Spitzer, MD

Dr Spitzer is professor of psychiatry at Columbia University


Related material:

What Should Count as a Mental Disorder in DSM-V?
Psychiatric Times, 14 April 2009

DSM-V Transparency: Fact or Rhetoric?
Psychiatric Times, 06 March 2009

Toward Credible Conflict of Interest Policies in Clinical Psychiatry
Psychiatric Times, 01 January 2009

DSM-V Controversies
Psychiatric Times, 01 January 2009

Changes in Psychiatric Diagnosis
Psychiatric Times, 01 November 2008


In March, neuroscientist, Dr. Jane Costello, resigned from the DSM-V Work Group for Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence  – recent commentary here:

David Dobbs: DSM-V Psych Bus hits more big potholes; passengers bail

Carlat Psychiatry: DSM-V Armageddon Part 2