After examining various disorders and conditions (both mental and physical) as potential guideline topics over the preceding months, the Clinical Treatment Guidelines Advisory Steering Committee managing APA's treatment guidelines effort narrowed the focus at its August 2011 meeting to four: depressive disorders, obesity, oppositional-defiant disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clinical Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Depressive Disorders Across the Lifespan
Clinical Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Obesity
Clinical Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Note that in 2013, APA will begin to implement a change in terminology aimed at bringing its labeling of guidelines in accord with that of other health care organizations. The term "clinical treatment guidelines" will be replaced by "clinical practice guidelines." Further, the term "practice guidelines" will be replaced by "professional practice guidelines." Clinical practice guidelines are focused on specific disorders and interventions, while professional practice guidelines are mainly concerned with how practice is conducted with particular populations or in particular settings. The Council of Representatives approved this terminology change at its August 2012 meeting.