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APA practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The following APA practice guidelines are published on PsychiatryOnline, which also provides additional tools and resources for each guideline:

  • Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Delirium
  • Eating Disorders: The August 2012 guideline watch is available here on PsychiatryOnline
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The March 2013 guideline watch is available here on PsychiatryOnline
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidal Behaviors

Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for the guidelines are available on the APA Online CME Website.

APA guidelines describe treatment of adult patients. For the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, practice parameters are available from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

APA makes the practice guidelines freely available to promote their dissemination and use; however, copyright protections are enforced in full. No part of these guidelines may be reproduced except as permitted under Sections 107 and 108 of the United States Copyright Act. For permission for reuse, visit our Permissions and Licensing Center.

Print versions of APA practice guidelines and quick reference guidelines are available from American Psychiatric Press, Inc.