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Response to the Final DSM 5 Draft Proposals

In this response to the final DSM 5 draft proposals, the Open Letter Committee addresses its outstanding concerns.

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DSM-5 Tied to Drug Industry

British Journal, New Scientist, released this article on March 13, 2012

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APA President Responds to Call for Independent Review

American Psychiatric Association President John Oldham, M.D responds to the recent letter calling for an independent review of the DSM-5.

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Open Letter Committee Calls for Independent Review

The Open Letter Committee of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Calls for Independent Review of DSM-5

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An Open Letter to the DSM-5 Task Force

An Open Letter was written by board members of The Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the APA) to the DSM-5 Task Force. Please read and sign the petition if you are in support.

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British Psychological Society Issues Statement to DSM-5

December 13, 2011

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A Message from David Elkins of the Open Letter Committee

The Coalition to Reform DSM-5 is a collection of mental health organizations that are concerned about the proposed DSM-5. The word “coalition” means no more, and no less, than that...

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Sign Petition Now!

The Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32 of the American Psychological Association) has written an Open Letter to the DSM-5 Task Force, outlining concerns about the future manual. Please read the letter and sign the petition if you are in support. We have reached our initial goal of 10,000 signatures but still need many more. Also, take a look through this site for various information regarding DSM-5 reform.

Updates & Media Coverage

Division 32 Symposium Attracts More Than 500 at APA Convention!!

By Dave Elkins, Immediate Past President of Division 32 The DSM-5 Symposium sponsored by Division 32 at the APA Convention in Orlando (August 2-5, 2012) was an astounding success. The symposium, which was held on Friday morning, attracted more than 500 attendees, one of the best-attended symposia of the APA convention. APA filmed the session and plans to make it …

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International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry Lends Its Support With This Letter

ISEPP STATEMENT ON THE DSM-V It is the position of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, is a political rather than scientific document, one which damages human beings. Despite the position of its authors that it is primarily descriptive, the …

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Response to the Final DSM-5 Draft Proposals by the Open Letter Committee

To the DSM–5 Task Force and the American Psychiatric Association. As you know, the Open Letter Committee of the Society for Humanistic Psychology and the Coalition for DSM–5 Reform have been following the development of DSM–5 closely. We appreciate the opportunity for public commentary on the most recent version of the DSM–5 draft proposals. We intend to submit this brief …

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The Association of Black Psychologists Lends Its Support to the Coalition’s Open Letter.

The Association of Black Psychologists recently released a letter calling attention to similar concerns of The Coalition for DSM 5 Reform.

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Psychologist Dr. Cacciatore Addresses DSM 5 on Grief & Bereavement

“Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog opposing the DSM 5′s proposal to reduce the DSM IV bereavement exclusion. This blog has since gone viral in the most incredible way- 100,000 readers within its first few weeks. It seems that this proposal is experienced as an outrageous insult by the very people it is intended to help. I have more than …

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"What needs to be done? In the short term, APA has only 2 choices—submit DSM-5 to external review or drop the most dangerous suggestions. Otherwise DSM-5 risks not being trusted and not being used by mental health clinicians." --Allen Frances, MD, Chair of DSM-IV Task Force