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Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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American Psychiatric Association

Description and Contributions

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the professional organization of psychiatrists in the United States. The APA has over 36,000 members and holds two annual meetings every year: the Annual Meeting of the APA in May each year and the Institute of Psychiatric Services in October. The APA also owns and operates a publishing company that publishes and markets books and journals on a variety of mental healthcare topics. The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Company also publishes the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) which provides information on diagnostic criteria for and descriptions of all psychiatric diagnoses. The fifth edition (DSM-V) was published in 2013, was several years in creation, and is the standard used for diagnosis and coding for mental health treatment in the United States and is widely used internationally.

The American Psychiatric Association was formed in 1844. It was formed by 13 superintendents of psychiatr ...

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