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 2.1.0

This release contains: 
•Improved search 
•Refined titling, organization, and readability 
•Performance and stability enhancements 
•Minor bug fixes 

Ratings and Reviews

1.1 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

fbiskzbfjeks ,

Ruined by update

Used to love this app. Updated it, and now it’s useless. It’s like navigating a poorly-made pirated PDF version of a huge text.
It’s very hard to navigate. If I’m looking up delirium for example, it brings me to a page resembling the text version of the DSM-5 somewhere in the neurocognitive chapter and NOT anywhere near the delirium section (ironically, completely disorienting). Then I have to scroll through pages and pages, using my not-so-photographic memory of where the delirium criteria are located in the chapter. Until I finally give up and resort to Google. But now I see other people’s reviews, and I see I’m not the only one struggling. Please please please change it back to how it was before! It was amazing and so useful.

I am actually having a very hard time imagining how the decision and planning around changing the app occurred! All that come to mind is the show, The Office!

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.

chuckisgreat ,

Cannot navigate

The previous version of the DSM app was perhaps acceptable. But this version is absolutely unusable. We paid a lot of money for this app, I expect it to actually provide an interface that lets you easily navigate to a specific diagnosis by typing in the name of he diagnosis. Do that here and it takes a long time to come up with “hits” and even finding the hit associated with the actual diagnostic criteria is challenging rather than some differential diagnosis mention for some other diagnosis or some table of contents entry. Speaking of the table of contents, it should be hotlinked so you can tap the page or diagnosis name in the table of contents and you should be taken to that page and the list of diagnostic criteria. This app is horrible now and I wish I could go back to the previous clunky version that would at least get me the diagnostic criteria.

App Privacy

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