APA practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders and are intended to assist in clinical decision making by presenting systematically developed patient care strategies in a standardized format.
Since 1992, APA has developed and published over 20 practice guidelines, including multiple second and third editions. The guidelines are listed below – also visit PsychiatryOnline to access the guidelines and purchase the complete collection of guidelines and watches. 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.
Draft Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder
The draft Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder was available for public review from February 17 to March 17, 2017. The guideline was revised to address reviewer comments and has been submitted for approval by the APA Assembly in May.
For questions about this guideline or the comment process or if you are an APA or Board member and need access to the draft guideline, please contact Jennifer Medicus, Practice Guidelines Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-907-8623.
Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients With Dementia
Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults
Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Borderline Personality Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
Substance Use Disorders
Guidelines Under Development
- Treatment of Eating Disorders
- Pharmacological Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder
- Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
- Treatment of Schizophrenia
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.
The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public database of clinical practice guidelines that is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
APA task force reports represent the findings, opinions, and conclusions of APA task forces but, unlike APA practice guidelines, do not reflect APA policy or necessarily represent the views of the APA Board of Trustees. Resource documents are collections of information, data, and reviews of the literature developed by APA components and staff. Like task force reports, they do not represent APA policy. The APA Library and Archives provides approved task force reports and resource documents.