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The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(TM) Diagnostic Exam Paperback – May 27, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1585624669 ISBN-10: 1585624667 Edition: 1st
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"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. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing; 1 edition (May 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585624667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585624669
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service at Denver Health.

His interests include improving care for persons with chronic mental illness, the history of psychiatry, literature and medicine.

www.abrahamnussbaum.com

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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190 of 197 people found the following review helpful By RonAnnArbor on June 13, 2013
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This is NOT the reference guide to the DSM 5 -- it is the guide ONLY to the "how to" do a diagnostic interview. If you are looking for the pocket guide to the DSM5 itself, you want the "desk reference guide to the DSM5" -- be sure not to confuse the two.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Charles Crowell on May 29, 2013
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I thought this would be a great supplement for the DSM-5 and an important, quick reference for diagnosis codes, however, the numerical codes are not even included in this small book! This is a disappointment and I will definitely be returning to APPI.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Russell Hoover on October 4, 2013
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This book was not what I had expected. The previous pocket guide for the DSM-IV-TR was just condensed or abbreviated text of the larger DSM-IV-TR that was easier to carry around. Professionals that have used prior DSMs could be deceived by the title, at least that's how it appears to me. However, it seems to have some useful information and it may improve in value as I become acquainted with the newer DSM-5.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul on March 20, 2014
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With all due respect to Dr. Nissbaum for his contributions to psychiatry, this manual is a joke. It must have been put together quickly and sloppily, without consultation to people who practice or teach clinical interviewing. It is also formatted in a bizarre way that does not facilitate its use as a pocket (on the go) tool. Finally, the printing, particularly of the italicized font, is very poor, and the font size is tiny and difficult to read (especially on the go). Here is more detail about the 3 main problems:
(1) Terrible and useless wording of questions. For example, the manual suggests asking a child with suspected PTSD the question, "Do you repeatedly reenact that experience with your toys or dolls or when playing?" What incompetent clinician would use language like that with a child?!? If Dr. Nissbaum wrote this, shame, shame! My undergraduate students can write better interviewing questions. If you have a copy of this book, read the suggested questions about autism spectrum disorders. Anyone who ever interviewed a real patient would know that the questions are absurd! Presumably, the manual is supposed to help people in their training and learning. This is no way to teach!
(2) As noted above, the formatting is bizarre and useless as well. The symptoms and the questions suggested to elicit information about the symptoms are intermingled. Entire disorders are omitted and instead included as very long paragraphs in the exclusionary criteria for major disorders. For example, the criteria for body dysmorphic disorder are all clumped together in a horrible long paragraph, in a single run-on sentence, in a tiny font, as a footnote to OCD. What a mess!
(3) The visual acuity of the consumers of this manual must be extraordinary. The text is too small for anyone over the age of 35, and the choice of font type is horrible.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on August 26, 2013
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I thought that this was like the Pocket Guide to DSM-IV which was an abridged diagnostic manual. It has good information on interviewing and diagnosis, but I needed the abridged version to transport to various offices.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nilce Scalioni on August 25, 2013
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The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam per Abraham Nussbaum is informative and easy
to understand.What I disliked in the book was the poor quality of the printing. Some words are fading
away, the black ink is too light and make it difficulty to read it.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chocoholic on September 13, 2013
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I thought this was like the pocket version of the DSM (mini version of the full book), but this is a GUIDE BOOK (my fault for not reading it correctly)
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Cavelli on June 9, 2013
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If you are expecting a dry, clinical abstraction, you're expectations will be happily disappointed. Abraham M. Nussbaum's elegant reflections show in he depth and breadth of his writing, and his clarity makes for enjoyable reading. This 240-page pocket guide anticipates key changes in the DSM-5 and prepares clinicians how to re-structure the diagnostic interview to meet these changes.
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