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WPA contribution to the development of the ICD-11 chapter on mental and behavioural disorders (April 30, 2011)

The WPA is contributing to the development of the ICD-11 chapter on mental and behavioural disorders in several ways.

The WPA President is a member of the ICD-11 International Advisory Board and is actively participating in its meetings and other activities.

Many ICD-11 Working Groups are led by WPA officers or experts who are closely related to the WPA. These include the Working Group on Psychotic Disorders (led by W. Gaebel, chairperson of the WPA Section on Schizophrenia); the Working Group on Mood and Anxiety Disorders (led by M. Maj, WPA President); the Working Group on Personality Disorders (led by P. Tyrer, officer of the WPA Section on Personality Disorders); the Working Group on Intellectual Disabilities (led by L. Salvador-Carulla, officer of the WPA Section on Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability); the Working Group on Somatoform Disorders (led by O. Gureje). Many WPA officers and experts are among the members of those Working Groups.

WPA Member Societies have participated in the WPA-WHO Global Survey of the Views and Attitudes of Psychiatrists concerning the Diagnosis and Classification of Mental Disorders, whose results will appear in the June 2011 issue of World Psychiatry and are going to significantly influence the ICD-11 development process.

World Psychiatry is going to be one of the main channels through which the international psychiatric community will follow the ICD-11 development. A special article authored by the ICD-11 International Advisory Group, summarizing the philosophy of the entire process, will appear in the June 2011 issue of the journal. A report by the Working Group on Intellectual Disabilities will be published in the October 2011 issue. Several papers produced by the Working Group on Mood and Anxiety Disorders will be collected in a special supplement to the journal. Forums on various issues relevant to the ICD-11 development have been published or are scheduled for publication in the journal.

Several WPA Member Societies and experts are being or will be involved in ICD-11 field trials or in the various translations/adaptations of the diagnostic system.

The WPA is actively contributing to the process of harmonization between the ICD-11 and the DSM-5.

Mario Maj
WPA President

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