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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV 4th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0890420621
ISBN-10: 0890420629
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 886 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Association; 4th edition (January 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890420629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890420621
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks to the reviewers from Tuscon & Bowling Green who point out that this is only a tool that attempts to codify the many mental states we collectivly term mental disorders. As a clinician I find it useful as a quick refererence but it doesn't replace good case studies, in depth works and clinical experience.
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DSM-IV is a manual for use by mental health professionals so that there is uniformity in diagnosis and basis for future research. Each diagnosis has been subject to extensive research. DSM-IV only describes symptoms and does not discuss causes for disorders. I would agree with the other reader that I would like to see diagnosis related to anger disorders appearing in future editions. Because there is political concern about anger disorders being used as criminal defenses, the mental health community has been somewhat reluctant to formalize diagnosis in this area. I feel, however, this is important so that the mental health community can be more active in reasearch on anger disorders to provide more effective treatment in this area.
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This manual was excellent for helping the Behavioral Scientist, and Psych student. I would recommend that every Social Science student get one, to help them through the core courses of their quest to get a degree. I also recommend the "companion" to the DSM. That's very helpful too.
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Anyone who reviews this book and gives it less than a 4 or 5 is obviously uneducated about clinical disorders. This is the bedrock of clinical psychology and psychiatry, and, even if it is flawed in philosophy or content, has NO peer. I recommend this book only for those who understand the scientific method and those interested in pursuing graduate study of psychology or psychiatry.
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As an early childhood clinical consultant, it is important with a diagnostic tool such as DSM IV, to not use as a guide to self-diagnose or to diagnose your child. It is also important to note that diagnosis is made using the behavioral characteristics and measurements of duration, frequency and severity of behaviour. Also, it is important to be able to understand dual-diagnosis children, and children who present same symptoms as AD(H)D, yet may actually be depressed, anxious, or even have Tourette's as a primary diagnosis.Work with your elementary school, or day care facility to examine the environmental changes you can make to accommodate a child's attention span. And remember, medication is a last resort. Consult your pediatricians, please.
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This book was required reading for one of my classes in the Master's Program at Portland State University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I refer to it regularly as it is a required reference for other classes. It answers many questions about the various mental disorders. It is well worth having, especially if you are working in the mental health field or dealing with the mental health field in any capacity. This edition contains more information and is easier to use than the DSM-III or the DSM-IIIR, which I have also used.
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As a clinical psycholgist, professor, and author I have found DSM to be useful. It is not useful to laypersons and is not a self-help manual. It lists over 200 different kinds of problems-in-living, some severe (schizophrenia) and some not severe (bedwetting). These problems- in-living are called "disorders" if they cause significant emotional distress or significant social or vocational impairment. Some of these disorders people accidentally bring on themselves (substance abuse) and some disorders cause severe problems to others (e.g., intermittent explosive disorder or borderline personality disorder). I closely followed the depressive disorders and anxiety disorders in DSM IV when I wrote a self-help book, "SOS Help For Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger, And Depression." DSM IV needs to acknowledge and list "anger disorders" (which it does not do) as these problems are causing severe problems and misery in our families and society, as well as in the persons having anger disorders. I have used DSM (in all of its editions)for over 38 years. Both of the prior customers have made some valid points.
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As an early childhood clinical consultant, it is important with a diagnostic tool such as DSM IV, to not use as a guide to self-diagnose or to diagnose your child. It is also important to note that diagnosis is made using the behavioral characteristics and measurements of duration, frequency and severity of behaviour. Also, it is important to be able to understand dual-diagnosis children, and children who present same symptoms as AD(H)D, yet may actually be depressed, anxious, or even have Tourette's as a primary diagnosis.Work with your elementary school, or day care facility to examine the environmental changes you can make to accommodate a child's attention span. And remember, medication is a last resort. Consult your pediatricians, please.
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