Using DSM-IV

Using DSM-IV

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DSM-IV is here, and mental health professionals whether they applaud its rigor or decry its rigidity will have to know how to use it. Like its predecessor, DSM-III, DSM-IV is empirically based and atheoretical. The psychodynamics of mental disorders and their etiologies are not considered. Its principal advantage is that it provides a reliable system of diagnosis. Its principal flaw is that it can lead the clinician to focus too exclusively on categorizing symptom clusters rather then on empathically understanding the person who is suffering the symptoms. In Using DSM-IV: A Clinician's Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis, LaBruzza and Mendez-Villarrubia offer the needed supplement to the DSM-IV. Their book, a veritable road map for DSM-IV, explains the technical language and hierarchical classifications of DSM-IV while it demonstrates how the system can be adapted to a clinical approach.qBrain, mental illness and, 5 Breathing-related sleep disorders, 371-372 Brenneis, C. B., 168 Brief psychotic disorder adjustment disorder, ... 50 dysthymic disorder, 282 gender identity disorders, 357-358 overanxious disorder of childhood ( generalized anxiety disorder), ... 39 Cleckley, H., 397 Clinical course, DSM-IV information, 57 Cocaine-induced disorders, 240-241 Cocaine use disorders, 240 Codes.

Title:Using DSM-IV
Author: Anthony L. LaBruzza
Publisher:Jason Aronson - 1997-01-01

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