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The Desktop Reference for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The Desktop Reference for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 16, 2013


The Desktop Reference for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 is an affordable, concise companion, to the DSM-5.  It Includes the diagnostic classification completely revised, as well as the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5 in a pocket format that is easy to use. This quick reference guide provides quick access to essential information to make a diagnosis. Designed to supplement DSM-5, this guide should help all mental health professionals that integrate the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5 into their diagnoses.

Throughout North America, those who want their health insurance to cover the costs for the treatment of their mental illness must first receive a diagnosis consistent with a pattern found in the DSM-5, with a numerical code. The encryption code is required by the private insurers and Medicare in the United States. It is also necessary for the universal health insurance coverage in the provinces of Canada. It is called a statistical handbook because the classifications can be used to determine the prevalence of different types of diseases that require a standardized classification.

The manual was designed in 1844, the year that American Psychiatric Association was founded. It was originally produced for a statistical classification of patients in mental asylums. Then it was used by the census bureau. During the First World War it was used to evaluate army recruits (probably the first time that was used for diagnostic purposes).

The handbook is published by the American Psychiatric Association, but it is much in use in other countries, although the ICD (international classification of diseases), which is developed by the world authority on the subject: the World Health Organization, is generally considered the standard. The DSM-5 provides ICD codes. A DSM code determines whether your health insurance will provide coverage for the treatment and the type of treatment. (The DSM does not develop any recommendation for treatment).

The diagnostic and statistical Manual of mental disorders is alone the most authoritative reference for clinical practice in the field of mental health and the structural changes and diagnostics in the fifth edition are must know material for every doctor. The desktop reference for the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5 distills the most crucial, up-to-date diagnostic information of this volume, to provide doctors with an invaluable resource to effectively diagnose mental disorders, ranging from the most prevalent to the less common.


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  • Erik
    November 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Well, I have taken time to read through the DSM 5. While the DSM has been criticized often, both for what it includes, as well as what it doesn’t, the backlash against the new edition has been particularly pronounced these last few months. Part of this comes from the micro analysis that happens with so many things in our modern world, but we must admit that ego, antagonism and a misinterpretations of the process also play a role in all of this. In addition, historic debate on DSM was typically carried out in house; that is to say, by clinicians. With DSM 5, this has been expanded to people that have little-to no understand of the diagnostic process. My criticism is based on DSM 5 such as a book, not as a concept or a tool. This special edition is well written in that the text and layout is clear. The diagnostic criteria, index, and quick-view pages, are easy to find, and so is the diagnosis or the category you are looking for. It is bulky and expensive, but you must have one if you are in the mental health profession. This quick reference guide is a good tool for those who don’t need the entire DSM-5 and can get along with a quick reference guide.

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