"Nussbaum writes clearly and succinctly, with special emphasis on presenting rather complicated concepts in an organized step-by-step manner. ... The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam has earned its place on our desks. ... Armed with wisdom and compassion stemming from years of practice, Dr. Nussbaum has written an entertaining and informative book that makes for a worthwhile read." --American Journal of Psychiatry
From the Author
Confused about how DSM-5 will change the clinical interview? I was too, so I wrote this book, using DSM-5 criteria, to show how you could conduct a thirty-minute diagnostic interview that screened for every DSM-5 category of mental disorder while building a therapeutic alliance. This book not only includes the official DSM-5 criteria, it shows you how to use them in your practice, with interview questions tied to the specific criteria for each disorder. In addition, the book reviews the goals of a diagnostic interview, alliance-building, changes in DSM-5, alternative diagnostic systems, and more. I direct the adult inpatient psychiatry service at Denver Health, where I interview patients daily with medical students, psychiatric residents, practicing psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and therapists. This book grew out of an award-winning curriculum I teach at the University of Colorado and is designed for practitioners and students in all disciplines.