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DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis [Hardcover]

James Morrison MD
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February 17, 1995 9780898625684 978-0898625684 1
Accessibly written and easy to use, this comprehensive book covers everything professionals and students need to know about DSM-IV. Following the same format as DSM-IV, the text presents every diagnosis. For each it includes case examples, a detailed analysis of each case, and a clear explanation of how to arrive at the diagnosis and how to rule out other possibilities. Essential for all mental health practitioners studying for their licensing exams, this hands-on resource will be valued by psychiatrists, residents, psychologists, marriage and family counselors, social workers, and anyone who needs to know about DSM-IV.

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"DSM-IV Made Easy helps the mental health clinician arrive at the most appropriate diagnosis for a given patient. This well-written, easy-to-read volume not only lists the applicable criteria, but also discusses them and provides useful tips about many disorders. Case vignettes supplement the text and add 'clinical flavor' to our classification system. A most useful guide for practitioners."--David L. Dunner, MD, FACPsych, Director, Center for Anxiety and Depression, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
"An extremely useful text....Morrison has put 'life' into the DSM-IV criteria with his strategic use of strong vignettes and important 'tips' for using psychiatric code....A real contribution to the thorny problem of constructing meaningful descriptions of patients' difficulties."--Jane Close Conoley, PhD

"Morrison's guide is an accurate and well-organized companion to DSM-IV and is most useful for medical students, psychiatric trainees, professionals in mental health, and coders who use DSM-IV classification rules."--Max Fink, State University of New York, Stonybrook, NY

"A skillful writer, a highly experienced clinician, an excellent teacher, Dr. James Morrison has authored a book that should be of interest to a wide audience including psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, as well as some people whose interest in the subject has nothing to do with a professional orientation. I believe the reader will learn much about psychiatric diagnosis, including its current strengths and weaknesses and a good deal about its underlying philosophy and importance."--Samuel B. Guze, M.D., Spencer T. Olin Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

"In DSM-IV Made Easy, James Morrison, M.D., translates the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV into a user friendly guide for all mental health workers. He enlivens the guide with instructive vignettes highlighting their clinical significance by a diagnostic evaluation. Coding notes help the reader to affix to Axes I - III the proper identifying numbers on these case reports. Throughout the text, he smartly positions his editorials in which he discusses historical aspects, his tips in which he points out clinically significant observations for the differential diagnosis, and his extra credits in which he frequently provides synonyms for DSM-IV terms. He summarizes a wealth of clinical signs in practically organized tables. Congratulations, James, to a marvelous contribution to the library of our invisible college of descriptive psychiatry founded at Washington University in St. Louis in the Show-Me State."--Ekkehard Othmer, M.D., PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center and Sieglinde C. Othmer, PhD, authors of The Clinical Interview Using DSM-IV. Vol 1.: Fundamentals, Vol. 2.: The Difficult Patient

"Compared to the 900-page DSM-IV, this book has simpler language, useful explanations of psychiatric terms, chatty diagnostic tips, and simplified criteria lists for the disorders. Unlike the DSM, which was put together by a committee with the goal of providing standards for research as well as clinical practice, DSM-IV Made Easy was designed to be accessible to students and experienced clinicians from all the mental health professions....The tone of the book is conversational, personal, and lively."--Clinical Social Work Journal
(Clinical Social Work Journal 1995-02-19)

"....Morrison's book is like a good workshop explaining the DSM-IV: useful simplifications and practical tips. He also offers cases to help learn the diagnostic criteria. There is a nice appendix which shows how general medical disorders may impact different psychiatric diagnoses. There is an eight page double column index. This would make a good textbook for training mental health professionals."--Clinical Gerontologist
(Clinical Gerontologist 1995-02-19)

"This is a book to refer to when you need quick, clear information on a specific mental condition or diagnosis....Students wanting to test their ability to identify symptoms and signs embedded in t he case vignettes can compare their observations with the author's notes. Faculty members may use the case vignettes as examples in class. Occupational therapy practitioners working in non-mental health settings may find this an easy way to update their understanding of DSM-IV language."--The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
(The American Journal of Occupational Therapy 1995-02-19)

About the Author

James Morrison, MD, was educated at Reed College and obtained his medical and psychiatric training at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is the author of The First Interview, DSM-IV Made Easy, and When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, and coauthor (with Thomas F. Anders) of Interviewing Children and Adolescents.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 1 edition (February 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780898625684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898625684
  • ASIN: 0898625688
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Morrison, M.D., is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Customer Reviews

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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than DSM! April 12, 1998
By A Customer
The author has done an excellent job of taking the DSM diagnostic criteria and adding tips, additional information, and commentary. Perhaps, most importantly, he devotes most of the book to those diagnoses that a clinician is most likely to encounter in the "real world" while giving relatively little attention to the more esoteric disorders. I especially liked his advice on how to do decide which diagnosis is the more likely to be accurate. The book also contains vignettes to demonstrate how the appropriate information can be elicited to do an accurate diagnosis. I have found that this book is not only more useful than the DSM; I no longer need the DSM.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pass your board exam! January 29, 2000
I really loved this book! it was a great tool to help pass my board exam (ACP/social work), i studied it faithfully and didn't even bother studying the DSM IV manual. this book is well written and VERY easy to comprehend difficult diagnosis. i recommend it strongly if you are entering the psychiatric field and you are not a psychiatrist!
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Morrison does an excellent job of breaking down the complex difficulties of diagnosis into a manageable, thorough and above all readable guide. Where DSM - IV is daunting and impersonal, DSM-IV Made Easy guides the reader with an evident understanding of the difficulties faced not only by the uninitiated but also the experienced. Well written vignettes help bring DSM's disorders to life and step by step diagnoses are invaluable tools in learning to apply DSM's vast criteria. This book is organized, detailed, accessible and all but essential in wading through the tricky waters of DSM IV.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource! October 10, 2005
this book is one of the BEST books in the field. of all the books i read in graduate school, this was one of the most helpful and useful. the DSM-IV is very dense; and this book is very well-organized and easy to read, making the DSM-IV more understandable and case conceptualization even easier. case examples add to the utility and practicality of this text. "quick guides" and "tips" are additionally helpful with differential diagnostic concerns. a must-have for ANY mental health diagnostician. also a great resource for physicians and other medical practitioners when assessing the probability of a psychological component to a patient's presentation or when considering the need for a referral to a mental health specialist.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!! March 11, 2005
By Pam
This is an AWESOME book. The case vignettes are extremely helpful, and the book is written so that it is easy to read. I HATE "textbook" type books, and this book isn't like that at all. It really does help to clarify some of the diagnoses in the DSM, which can be quite confusing even when someone has used the manual for years. I've used this book a lot already, even though I've only had it about a month. It's helped me tease apart some details and observations to make what I think are more accurate diagnoses with some of my clients. Purchase this book and you will NOT be sorry!!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the DSM-IV a bit more palatable (no small feat) August 25, 2002
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This book summarizes the major taxonomies of the DSM-IV, and includes scenarios illustrating most of the major categories and sub-pathologies. Unlike the standard texts which seems to have been developed by a group of obsessive compulsive personalities or, as a character in a recent play claims, "a coven," this one has some humanity to it, and it's even funny at times. If you're a student it may also reduce physical disorders such as aching backs, and dislocated shoulders which the original may cause if you have to lug it around your university. Did the original text creators ever consider this? It also has a nicer cover. It also may save you money since the DSM-V is no doubt lurking on the horizon, not having been revised for 8 years or so.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical explanation of the DSM-IV March 11, 2003
This book provides a practical explanation of the "DSM-IV" that will appeal to anyone who wants a thorough, simplified description of this complex book. I'm only giving it four stars because I don't think it provides an explanation of the latest changes made in the "DSM-IV-TR". The book will nonetheless appeal to nearly anyone seeking to improve their grasp of psychiatry, not just psychiatrists in training. Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind".
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource! September 11, 2001
By A Customer
This is a great resource for anyone who is interested in more illustrative examples of the various diagnoses than is provided by the DSM-IV. Morrison's use of interesting vignettes will keep your attention, and make differential diagnosis a lot more fun! After reading this book, any diagnostician will be much more informed as to how to recognize the various disorders and the nuances between the differentials.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars School - interesting
School - interesting
Published 11 days ago by Nat Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars good value
Although the DSM 5 is now out, there are no training guides available quite yet. At under $2 for this guide to the DSM 4, it fills a need for me to come up to speed in a new work... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dreambook Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars DSM-IV Made Easy
As the title of the book suggests, this book makes the DSM-IV classifications easy to understand and use even if you are not a clinician.
Published 3 months ago by VB-Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
It was exactly what I needed. I needed it to take a licensure test and it helped me study for it.
Published 4 months ago by Charleston
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice print...
....a bigger version of the DSM IV. I brought it and was happy but I the DSM 5 came out shortly thereafter so I dont use it .
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Karla
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date
Out of date and hard to read. With the new DSM V out there- this book is now out of date. Regardless- I found it laborious to use and read.
Published 8 months ago by A. Czaplicki
5.0 out of 5 stars DSM-IV
This book is a good read. It is in simple format and assisted with proper diagnosis in laymen terms. I would recommend this guide to any student.
Published 9 months ago by Cheron Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book has been extremely helpful while I prepare for my LCSW exam. The case studies are beneficial for understanding the diagnosis.
Published 11 months ago by LCooper
4.0 out of 5 stars DSM-IV
Easy to read and understand. I used this book a lot and it's still helpful to me. I keep hearing a lot of dislike for the the next version. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly better than the DSM
If you're a graduate student taking a diagnostics class, this is the book for you. Even though the DSM-5 is coming out, this book will teach you how to diagnose. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim Mac
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