The American Psychiatric Association

Did you know that….

the American  Psychiatric Association was founded in 1844 ?

That first association was called “ Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane” (AMSAII), and was founded in Philadelphia by a group of American psychiatrists. Actually the APA was founded in 1921.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is an American organization of more than 150,000 members, psychiatrists and psychiatry students. The organization elects a president and an executive committee.

The flagship publication of the American Psychiatric Association is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), whose first book was published in 1952. In the course of this year 2011 will be released DSM-V.

Below is the logo of the American Psychiatric Association, where we see the image of what is considered the father of American psychiatry, Benjamin Rush.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

The American Psychiatric Association logo

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