The American Psychiatric Association has announced the members of the task force chosen to oversee the latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The new task force is made up of 27 members including researchers, clinicians, and consumer advocates.
During the teleconference in which the task force members were revealed, DSM-V Chair David J. Kupfer, M.D. stated that "As the nation's dictionary of mental illnesses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual plays a vital role in assuring that patients get proper diagnoses and treatments for their mental health concerns. The APA has entrusted the revision of the DSM to world-renowned scientists who have vast experience in research, clinical care, biology, genetics, statistics, epidemiology, public health and consumer advocacy. They have interests ranging from cross-cultural medicine and genetics to geriatric issues, ethics and addiction."
The DSM-V revision process is expected to continue over the next five years and is scheduled for publication in 2012. The current version, the DSM-V, came out in 1994 and has remained essentially unchanged since that time except for a textual revision in 2000.
More information on the DSM-V revision can be found at https://www.dsmv.org.