Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults, Third Edition

This new edition of the practice guidelines on psychiatric evaluation for adults is the first set of the APA’s guidelines developed under the new guideline development process. Learn more.

Practice Guideline on the Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients With Dementia

This guideline focuses on the judicious use of antipsychotic medications when agitation or psychosis occurs in association with dementia. Learn more.

The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder

This guideline focuses specifically on evidence-based pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorder in outpatient settings and includes additional information on assessment and treatment planning. Learn more.

About APA's Practice Guidelines

APA's practice guidelines focus on a set of discrete clinical questions of relevance to an overarching subject area. A systematic review of evidence is conducted to address these clinical questions and involves a detailed assessment of individual studies. The quality of the overall body of evidence is also rated and is summarized in the practice guideline. Recommendations are determined by weighing potential benefits and harms of an intervention in a specific clinical context.