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The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world. It has more than 38,000 members who are involved in psychiatric practice, research, and academia representing a diverse population of patients in more than 100 countries. The association publishes various journals and pamphlets, as well as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The DSM codifies psychiatric conditions and is used mostly in the United States as a guide for diagnosing mental disorders. The organization has its headquarters in Washington, DC. History At a meeting in 1844 in Philadelphia, thirteen superintendents and organizers of insane asylums and hospitals formed the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane (AMSAII). The group included Thomas Kirkbride, creator of the asylum model which was used throughout the United States. The group was chartered to focus "primarily on the administration of hospitals and how that affected the care of patients", as opposed to conducting research or promoting the profession. In 1893, the organization changed its name to the American Medico-Psychological Association. In 1921, the association changed that name to the present American Psychiatric Association. The association was incorporated in 1927. The cover of the publication Semi-Centennial Proceedings of the American Medical Psychological Association, which the association distributed in 1894 at its 50th annual meeting in Philadelphia, contained the first depiction of the association's official seal. The seal has undergone several changes since that time. The present seal is a round medallion with a purported likeness of Benjamin Rush's profile and 13 stars over his head to represent the 13 founders of the organization. The outer ring contains the words "American Psychiatric Association 1844." Rush's name and an MD are below the picture. An association history of the seal states:The choice of Rush (1746–1813) for the seal reflects his place in history. .... Rush's practice of psychiatry was based on bleeding, purging, and the use of the tranquilizer chair and gyrator. By 1844 these practices were considered erroneous and abandoned. Rush, however, was the first American to study mental disorder in a systematic manner, and he is considered the father of American Psychiatry. In 2015, the association adopted a new logo that depicts the serpent-entwined Rod of Asclepius superimposed over the image of two hemispheres of a human brain. The logo appears next to the words "American Psychiatric Association", with the word "Psychiatric" in bold type; the tagline "Medical leadership for mind, brain and body" appears below the logo. The association will continue to use the seal bearing Rush's profile for ceremonial purposes and for some internal documents. Organization and membership APA is led by the President of the American Psychiatric Association and a board of trustees with an executive committee. APA reports that its membership is primarily medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligibility requirement is completion of a residency program in psychiatry accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS[C]), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Applicants for membership must also hold a valid medical license (with the exception of medical students and residents) and provide one reference who is an APA member. APA holds an annual conference attended by an American and international audience. APA is made up of some 76 district associations throughout the country. Foundation APA operates a non-profit subsidiary called the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), offering community-based programs and research initiatives intended to better understand and support issues of mental health. Its strategic partners include the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Corporate Alliance APAF partners with industry organizations to collaborate on mental health research and development through its Corporate Alliance. Current and recent members of the alliance include: Donors to the foundation in 2019 include the Austen Riggs Center, BB&T, Cenveo, McLean Hospital, Menninger Foundation, NeuroStar, Newport Academy, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Sheppard Pratt, and Silver Hill Hospital. Publications and campaigns APA position statements, clinical practice guidelines, and descriptions of its core diagnostic manual (the DSM) are published. APA publishes several journals focused on different areas of psychiatry, for example, academic, clinical practice, or news. Top five Choosing Wisely recommendations In coordination with the American Board of Internal Medicine, the APA proposes five recommendations for physicians and patients. The list was compiled by members of the Council on Research and Quality Care. The APA places a primary focus on antipsychotic medications due to a rapid increase in sales, from $9.6 billion in 2004 to $18.5 billion in 2011. Do not prescribe antipsychotic medications to patients for any indication without appropriate initial evaluation and appropriate ongoing monitoring. Do not routinely prescribe 2 or more antipsychotic medications concurrently. Do not prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Do not routinely prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention for insomnia in adults. Do not routinely prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention for children or adolescents for any diagnosis other than psychotic disorders. Notable figures Donald Cameron, was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1952–53. He conducted coercive experiments widely denounced as unethical, including involuntary electroshock therapy, drug administration, and prolonged confinement and sensory deprivation funded as part of the Central Intelligence Agency Project MKUltra. Enoch Callaway, psychiatrist, pioneer in biological psychiatry. Adolf Meyer, former psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was the president of the American Psychiatric Association from 1927 to 1928 and was one of the most influential figures in psychiatry in the first half of the twentieth century. Mark Ragins: American psychiatrist in the recovery movement, founding member of the Village ISA. He won the 1995 van Ameringen Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American P.... Discover the American Psychiatric Association popular books. Find the top 100 most popular American Psychiatric Association books.

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  • Fatal Flaws synopsis, comments

    Fatal Flaws

    Stuart C. Yudofsky

    Featuring case vignettes from nearly 30 years of Dr. Yudofsky's clinical practice and incorporating the knowledge of gifted clinicians, educators, and research scientists with ...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders

    Charles B. Nemeroff MD PhD, Alan F. Schatzberg MD, Natalie Rasgon MD PhD & Stephen M. Strakowski MD

    This new edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders is a systematic and painstaking reconceptualization of its predecessor. Under new edi...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders

    Andrew E. Skodol MD & John M. Oldham MD MS

    The subject of personality what makes each of us unique and different from one another has long been a topic of universal fascination. From a medical perspective, research on per...

  • Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder synopsis, comments

    Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

    John G. Gunderson & Perry D. Hoffman

    Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families offers both a valuable update for mental health professionals and muchneeded info...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry

    David C. Steffens MD MHS & Kristina F. Zdanys MD

    Over the course of more than two decades and five previous editions, The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry has established itself as a fo...

  • Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry

    Donald W. Black MD & Nancy C. Andreasen MD PhD

    The prevalence of psychiatry in popular culture has coincided with the rise of amateur "armchair" psychiatrists and this often serves to muddy the waters about what, exactly, the ...

  • Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder synopsis, comments

    Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder

    John G. Gunderson MD

    The diagnosis and treatment of patients with BPD can be fraught with anxiety, uncertainty, and complexity. How welcome, then, is the Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Bor...

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation synopsis, comments

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

    Richard A. Bermudes MD, Karl Lanocha MD & Philip G. Janicak MD

    Edited by clinicians who were involved with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) from the beginning, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Pra...

  • The American Psychiatric Publishing Board Review Guide for Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Publishing Board Review Guide for Psychiatry

    Philip R. Muskin MD MA & Anna L. Dickerman MD

    Psychiatrists and residents are faced with the important but what may feel overwhelming task of refreshing their knowledge of the whole of psychiatric practice, typically while r...

  • Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology synopsis, comments

    Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology

    Eve Caligor MD, Otto F. Kernberg, MD, John F. Clarkin PhD & Frank E. Yeomans MD PhD

    Deftly combining contemporary theory with clinical practice, Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Treating Self and Interpersonal Functioning is an invaluable resource ...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Schizophrenia synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Schizophrenia

    Jeffrey A. Lieberman MD, T. Scott Stroup MD MPH, Diana O. Perkins MD MPH & Lisa B. Dixon MD MPH

    The new edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Schizophrenia plumbs the current state of knowledge about the disorder's origin, nature, and treatmen...

  • Coping With Trauma synopsis, comments

    Coping With Trauma

    Jon G. Allen PhD

    Combining years of research, teaching, and experience treating trauma survivors, Dr. Jon G. Allen offers compassionate and practical guidance to understanding trauma and its effect...

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder synopsis, comments

    Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

    Jon E. Grant MD MPH JD, Samuel R. Chamberlain MBBChir PhD MRCPsych & Anthony Pinto PhD

    Complete yet concise, ObsessiveCompulsive Personality Disorder provides an uptodate analysis of this widespread, multifaceted disorder. Estimated to be twice as common as any other...

  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health synopsis, comments

    Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

    Kristie Brandt CNM MSN DNP, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., Stephen Seligman DMH & Ed Tronick PhD

    Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice is a groundbreaking book that provides an overview of the field from both theoretical and clinical vie...

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders synopsis, comments

    Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

    American Psychiatric Association

    Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder: DSM5® Selections is crafted around a specific disorder cited in DSM5®. This selection provides a comprehensive overview of the ...

  • Bipolar II Disorder synopsis, comments

    Bipolar II Disorder

    Holly A. Swartz MD & Trisha Suppes MD PhD

    Unlike its cousin, bipolar I disorder, which has been extensively studied and depicted in popular literature and on screen, bipolar II disorder is poorly understood, underdiagnosed...

  • Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy synopsis, comments

    Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

    LongTerm Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text takes a handson approach, focusing on the fundamental principles and basic features of the psychodynamic modality for the benefit...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry

    Laura Weiss Roberts, MD, MA

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, first published more than 30 years ago, is a landmark text with a legacy of sound scholarship, expert knowle...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Anxiety, Trauma, and OCD-Related Disorders synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Anxiety, Trauma, and OCD-Related Disorders

    Naomi Simon MD MSc, Eric Hollander MD, Barbara O. Rothbaum PhD ABPP & Dan J. Stein MD PhD

    Designed for clinicians at every level, The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Anxiety, Trauma, and OCDRelated Disorders addresses the origin, assessment, diag...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management

    Liza H. Gold MD & Richard L. Frierson MD

    Charged with updating the preeminent text on suicide, the new editors of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management opted no...

  • Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders synopsis, comments

    Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders

    Otto F. Kernberg, MD

    In Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders: Resolution of Aggression and Recovery of Eroticism, the influential psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Otto Kernberg presents an integrate...

  • Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder synopsis, comments

    Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

    Frank E. Yeomans MD PhD, John F. Clarkin PhD & Otto F. Kernberg, MD

    TransferenceFocused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide presents a model of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and its treatment that is based on...

  • Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry

    Mugdha E. Thakur MD, Dan G. Blazer MD PhD & David C. Steffens MD MHS

    Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry provides the most current information on psychiatric diagnoses seen in older patients in a concise format. Each chapter is broken into easil...

  • Marijuana and Mental Health synopsis, comments

    Marijuana and Mental Health

    Michael T. Compton MD MPH

    Even while many states have passed legislation pertaining to "medical marijuana" and others have decriminalized or even legalized recreational use, a debate continues within societ...

  • Lost in Trans Nation synopsis, comments

    Lost in Trans Nation

    Miriam Grossman & Jordan B. Peterson

    Throughout our country, atrocities are taking place in doctor’s offices and hospital operating rooms. Physically healthy children and adolescents are being permanently disfigured a...

  • Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy synopsis, comments

    Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

    Jesse H. Wright MD, PhD, Gregory K. Brown PhD, Michael E. Thase, MD & Monica Ramirez Basco PhD

    Building on its successful "readseedo" approach, this second edition of Learning CognitiveBehavioral Therapy: An Illustrated Guide seamlessly combines 23 allnew videos with informa...

  • Depressive Disorders synopsis, comments

    Depressive Disorders

    American Psychiatric Association

    Depressive Disorders: DSM5® Selections is crafted around a specific disorder cited in DSM5®. This selection provides a comprehensive overview of the process of diagnosing depressiv...

  • Study Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    Study Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Tapan Parikh MD MPH & Mina K. Dulcan MD

    Study Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a questionandanswer companion that allows you to evaluate your mastery of the subject matter as you progress through Dulcan's Text...

  • The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry synopsis, comments

    The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

    James L. Levenson MD

    As with the first two editions, this third edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and ConsultationLiaison Psychiatry is the m...

  • Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters synopsis, comments

    Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters

    Ethel S. Person

    This groundbreaking study has been widely hailed for its focus on a human emotion generally considered impervious to rational analysis: romantic, passionate love. Ethel Person view...

  • Pocket Guide to Psychiatric Practice synopsis, comments

    Pocket Guide to Psychiatric Practice

    Donald W. Black MD

    The longawaited Pocket Guide to Psychiatric Practice is a portable and concise companion to its parent textbook, Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Sixth Edition, the preeminent ...

  • Normal Child and Adolescent Development synopsis, comments

    Normal Child and Adolescent Development

    Karen J. Gilmore MD & Pamela Meersand PhD

    Normal Child and Adolescent Development: A Psychodynamic Primer presents a complete picture of mental development, informed by contemporary research and psychodynamic thinking. Dr....

  • Physician Suicide synopsis, comments

    Physician Suicide

    Peter Yellowlees MBBS MD

    Physician Suicide examines the multiple risk factors that account for the higher rates of burnout, depressive symptoms, and suicide risk physicians experience compared with the gen...

  • Rational Psychopharmacology synopsis, comments

    Rational Psychopharmacology

    H. Paul Putman III MD DLFAPA

    Each chapter of Rational Psychopharmacology: A Book of Clinical Skills is designed to advance the reader's clinical knowledge, methodical assessment expertise, and diagnostic sophi...

  • Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology synopsis, comments

    Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology

    David Mintz MD

    The troubling increase in treatment resistance in psychiatry has many culprits: the rise of biomedical psychiatry and corresponding sidelining of psychodynamic and psychosocial fac...

  • Pharmacotherapy for Complex Substance Use Disorders synopsis, comments

    Pharmacotherapy for Complex Substance Use Disorders

    Thanh Thuy Truong MD, Benjamin Li MD, Daryl Shorter MD, Nidal Moukaddam MD PhD & Thomas R. Kosten MD

    In 2020, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 40.3 million Americans met the criteria for a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year. Yet few FDAapproved ...

  • Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice synopsis, comments

    Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

    Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

    It is difficult to improve on a classic, but the fifth edition of Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice does just that, offering the updates readers expect with a deft reor...

  • The Object Relations Lens synopsis, comments

    The Object Relations Lens

    Christopher W.T. Miller MD

    Some psychoanalytic models focus on "how" and "when" particular events may have shaped an individual's emotional and behavioral trajectories in life. In a field as accelerated as p...