Clinical Practice Guidelines

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.

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. Also, visit PsychiatryOnline to access the guidelines and purchase the complete collection of guidelines and watches.

Recently Released Guidelines:
Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia
Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder
Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients With Dementia
Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults

Legacy Practice Guidelines

Other Resources

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For questions about APA practice guidelines or the development process, please contact Jennifer Medicus, Practice Guidelines Deputy Director, at or 202-559-3972.