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Welcome to the DSM-5 Web site. The materials presented here are interim drafts being made available for public review and consideration as part of the open process by which the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is considering revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual based on an expansion of the scientific basis for psychiatric diagnosis and classification. APA hopes that review of the interim draft materials by a broad spectrum of scientists, clinicians, academics, consumers, and other interested members of the general public will engender continuing discussions that will further enhance the development of the DSM-5.

These Terms and Conditions explain how you may use the materials provided on (the “Web site”). Please read them carefully. By using the Web site, you agree that your use of the materials contained on this Web site (the “Content”) will be in compliance with these Terms and Conditions. If you need to make use of any of the Content in ways that are not permitted by these Terms and Conditions, please contact APA’s Designated Agent, listed below, to request permission for such additional use.


The Content is being made available on the Web site for your review.

The Content is protected by law, including international trademark and copyright laws, and access is provided on the condition that it may be used only for its intended purpose – individual review and comment on the proposed interim drafts. The APA and other third parties own the copyright in the Content, and the APA intends to protect and preserve its ownership in and the integrity of the Content and of the DSM-5 development process. In addition, “DSM” is a federally registered trademark owned by the APA, and unauthorized use of DSM and variant forms of DSM is prohibited without prior consent of APA. If, in connection with your review of the Content, you download Content onto your computer or other electronic device, you must keep all copyright and other proprietary notices attached to the downloaded Content and use them in accordance with these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Use of Content The APA grants you a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to print or download the Content on this Web site for your personal, non-commercial use limited to providing comments through this site on the proposed interim drafts.  Any other use requires permission.  Requests for permission will be considered under the APA Permissions Policy.  In no event may you, without the express prior written consent of the APA,

  • Copy or download any Content on this Web site for any purpose not expressly authorized above,
  • Modify any Content on this Web site for any reason,
  • Include any Content from this Website in another Web site or other work, or
  • Frame any Content on this Web site.

The Content protected by these Terms and Conditions includes, without limitation, all diagnostic criteria, all classifications and codes, all justifications for changes, all conference, work group, and task force summaries, all compilations of material, all names and all personal contact information of APA members and staff and DSM-5 Task Force and Work Group members, all text, graphics, logos, icons, link buttons, photographs, and audio or video material or stills from audiovisual material, available on the Web site.


Any comment or communication you post on the Web site is considered to be non-confidential. You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications that infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or proprietary rights of any party. By submitting communications to any part of this Web site, you automatically grant APA a non-exclusive right to use your communications as it sees fit in connection with the DSM-5 development process (in legal terms, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses).


Inquiries to this Web site’s Designated Agent should be addressed to Jane Cha, Licensing and Permissions Manager, American Psychiatric Association, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825, Arlington, Va. 22209-3901 (phone: 703-907-8547, email:


These Terms and Conditions of Use may be modified by the APA from time to time and such modifications will be effective once posted by the APA on the Web site, provided the prior Terms and Conditions of Use will continue to govern your past use of the Web site. Further use of the Web site will be subject to any such modifications. You should review the Web site and these Terms and Conditions from time to time for any modifications.

Effective Date: June 21, 2012

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