The official DSM-5® app for iOS

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the preeminent psychiatric reference used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. The new and best-selling fifth edition is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations.

The DSM-5® Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App provides mental health practitioners, researchers and students fast access to vital DSM criteria and codes so they can fully integrate the new data into their practice and study. Users have complete offline access to the criteria sets as well as online access to supporting videos, commentary and resources. Powerful search and customization tools aid and enhance assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical and administrative settings.


• Up to date access to ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and administrative use
• Valuable video commentary from the DSM-5 task force members highlighting changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5
• Highlight key sections of text or make annotations for easy reference later
• Enhanced search with robust disorder, acronym, code and symptom search functionality
• Keeps track of recently researched topics and allows the user to bookmark frequently used information
• Social media integration
• Does not require registration, subscription or software downloads

The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App is updated periodically to reflect coding updates, changes, and corrections. To review the list of coding updates, please visit:

About American Psychiatric Association Publishing

American Psychiatric Association Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association, is the world’s premier publisher of books, journals, and multimedia on psychiatry, mental health and behavioral science. We offer authoritative, up-to-date, and affordable information geared toward psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, psychiatric residents, medical students, and the general public.

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

We’ve been working hard to improve your DSM-5 app experience. Here’s the latest:

•New layout, colors and fonts make the criteria easier on the eyes and better for absorbing what’s on the screen (now including night mode)
•Enhanced search
•Improved bookmarks
•Ability to Highlight & Annotate
•Intuitive controls and navigation
•Includes October 2018 coding and content updates
•Minor bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

1.2 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

ClinicalPsychology ,

Ruined By Update

This used to be an excellent app which I referenced on a regular basis. It was very user friendly in all aspects. Since the update, this app has turned into a big annoying document with terrible search features. I am baffled at how the update could be such a disappointing loss of quality. I see that other reviews share my opinion. Please change it back to when it was actually useful. The new search feature fails to yield much more than in-text terms. Again, please change it back to how it was. This was my go to app before the update, now I cannot use it. If I could I would give less than 1 star. You have to manually scroll through a whole
Document to somehow find the category or disorder you are looking for (if you find it in time). Before it would take no more than 5
Seconds to find what I was looking for. I am not exagerating.

jmfugett ,

Very useful for what it is

This app will not be everything you need to make a correct diagnosis. However, it does what it says it does and I find it useful. As far as the price it is perhaps overpriced, due to the lack of information on Z codes (which does seem like an easy fix), etc. But keep in mind, full access to APA’s DSM-5 online, a complete and very useful tool, is over $500 for an individual 1 year subscription. You likely purchased the book version of the DSM-5 for over $100. Here, you are paying for quick access to criteria for the billable diagnoses. I found all the reviews I read accurate, so read them and decide whether or not the app is worth it for your purposes. If your needs have been identified as missing from the app, then it will be a disappointment.

Disbandnxsnbxjs ,

What happened with the update?

I was using this app daily on my iPad and found it very helpful and functional. When I updated it the new version has turned into a seemingly long searchable document that requires excessive scrolling. You can use the down carrot on the right in the table of contents to go right to that section or diagnosis. I still feel the older version had a nice split screen with a list of diagnoses that could be selected and expanded on with the details (text) on the right panel. It was so much more functional. This one is honestly a mess now.

Diagnoses are missing from the table of contents. The first diagnosis under each major section is not listed so if you are searching for it just in the table of contents it won’t be found. I.e. Intellectual disability or Reactive attachment disorder aren’t listed.


American Psychiatric Association
46.1 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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