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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Tuscon & Bowling Green
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.
Published on September 2, 1999 by jam8j@virginia.edu

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2.0 out of 5 stars This is a hoot, its like reading a book thats cluless about the human condition.
I was going thru this manual and found it so subjective that it is way beyond sublimely incredulious, a sane person would laugh until his sides would ache, and if it is used as widely as promoted it becomes insidious as a methoid for labling people. I suspect the next volume (lets hope that does not happen) will list every thing as a disorder. If any rational person uses...
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Tuscon & Bowling Green, September 2, 1999
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Psych student's best friend..., June 16, 2000
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DSM - IV is a manual for use by mental health professionals, June 20, 1999
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Manual for Psychological/Psychiatric Disorders, January 18, 2005
This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for clinical diagnosing., September 13, 1998
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DSM IV is useful to mental health professionals, April 20, 1999
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for clinical diagnosing., September 13, 1998
This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book., March 21, 1998
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some important clarifications, June 22, 2006
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
First of all, don't get discouraged by the negative reviews because some of them (maybe most of them!) are clearly scientologist reviews. Scientologists believe that psychiatrists are behind the rise of Hitler, not to mention other interesting stuff such as, that Xenu, the galatic overlord, was helped by psychiatrists; this is actualy true, so...

Anyway, about the DSM-IV , I think it can be an excelent manual IF used properly. Classification is a somewhat inerently arbitrary activity and that should be understood. This classification should be understood as a frame of reference, not as a categoric and precise classification of diseases, since that is impossible given the huge complexity and/or size and nature of the task. Furthermore, psychology/psychiatry is a field still with much research to do so the manual also suffers from this lack of research.

Therefore, as long as DSM-IV is aproached with this in mind, it can be an excelent book because it puts mental health professionals speaking the same language. It's primary value is as a frame of reference for the mental health professionals and as such it is excelent.

Whatever way the insurance companies take advantage of this, it's not the fault of the DSM-IV. Whatever doctor prescribes medication without being necessary, it's his fault, not DSM's. Conspiracy theorists forget that there are good people in the world...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a hoot, its like reading a book thats cluless about the human condition., February 17, 2013
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This review is from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (Paperback)
I was going thru this manual and found it so subjective that it is way beyond sublimely incredulious, a sane person would laugh until his sides would ache, and if it is used as widely as promoted it becomes insidious as a methoid for labling people. I suspect the next volume (lets hope that does not happen) will list every thing as a disorder. If any rational person uses this as a professional txt then there is a hidden agenda he wants to promote. It is clear what the APA wants for others and it's not for your health.
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