Publication of the DSM-V will be postponed one year, according to an announcement from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In the meantime, preliminary drafts will be posted on the website for two months starting in January allowing for comments. Field testing is anticipated soon thereafter. It is unclear if the delay until 2013 also permits closer coordination with the revision of ICD-11, the World Health Organization's system for classifying diseases.
Controversy ensued earlier this year when two previous editors, Dr. Robert Spitzer and Dr. Allen Frances, alleged a lack of transparency about the process for reviewing and revising the diagnostic criteria. The first manual was published in the 1950s to standardize diagnosis, assessment and treatment of people with psychiatric symptoms. It has been revised several five times (the DSM-IV was revised twice).