The International DSM-5 Response Committee is currently undergoing a merger with the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives (GSDA) Committee. The two committees will now join forces to create a Task Force on the Future of Mental Health Diagnosis and will focus on discussing alternatives to the DSM-5. To find out more information please visit

Please SIGN THE PETITION to prevent DSM-5 from compromising patient safety and scientific integrity.

Statement of Concern About the Reliability, Validity and Safety of DSM-5 (Brief Version)


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.

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