July/August featured eBook: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

This is the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. The utility and credibility of DSM-IV require that it focus on its clinical, research, and educational purposes and be supported by an extensive empirical foundation. Our highest priority has been to provide a helpful guide to clinical practice. We hoped to make DSM-IV practical and useful for clinicians by striving for brevity of criteria sets, clarity of language, and explicit statements of the constructs embodied in the diagnostic criteria. An additional goal was to facilitate research and improve communication among clinicians and researchers. We were also mindful of the use of DSM-IV for improving the collection of clinical information and as an educational tool for teaching psychopathology.

The manual begins with instructions concerning the use of the manual (Use of the Manual), followed by the DSM-IV-TR Classification (DSM-IV-TR Classification), which provides a systematic listing of the official codes and categories. Next is a description of the DSM-IV Multiaxial System for assessment (Multiaxial Assessment). This is followed by the diagnostic criteria for each of the DSM-IV disorders accompanied by descriptive text. Finally, DSM-IV includes 11 appendixes.

You can access Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the Health Sciences Library website select Find Books> Electronic Books> and browse by title.

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