Quick Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV-TR 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0890420263
ISBN-10: 0890420262
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 1st edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890420262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890420263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Dunn MD on September 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a modest little book that you can fit into your pocket but it does everything that its big brother (the much more expensive, full version of the DSM IV-TR) does -- at half the price and with greater ease of use. While the unabridged DSM IV is pretty much a textbook of psychiatry, minus only treatment recommendations, this abridgement unpretentiously lists just the diagnostic categories and the relevent (concisely phrased) criteria. Professionals will find it a handy source of symptoms and diagnosis for insurance purposes. Non-professionals will find it usable for the purpose of diagnosing themselves, their spouse, their parents and problematic friends.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Young on March 19, 2009
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The Quick Reference guide is great. If you are student in counseling or clinic psychology this book will extend the life off your back, due to its light weight and smallness of stature.

It contains the criteria for all mental illness in the DSM-IV-TR and is handy.

One reviewer said that it is the only DSM that you will ever need. That person is correct.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Carleton on May 14, 2006
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I used this booklet as a quick reference in my work in a hospital ER and in doing intakes. It's meant to simply be a handy reference to the DSM criteria, and can't replace the study, consultation, and experience needed to understand the difference between clinically problematic and non-problematic behavior. If you work within the DSM/ICD/insurance system, and you've heard the phrase "justify your diagnosis" before, here's an invaluable and pocket-sized (well, for a big pocket) tool.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Patience on October 5, 2007
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The book itself is fine, however, it is exactly the same book as the DSMDesk Reference which is confusing and lead me to purchase both thenhad to return this one. The DSM Desk Reference is spiral bound and nicer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Parker on December 1, 2007
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This is so much easier than carrying the huge book around. It is short and sweet. I do have to refer to "the big one" from time to time, but love this little thing!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Billy Idol on February 27, 2008
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It is exactly what it says, a quick reference. If you are buying it for clinical work for quick referencing in staff meetings it is perfect however it does not replace the full DSM for thorough case studies. If you need a quick and small reference, I would suggest buying this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Johnston Rodriguez on October 23, 2009
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I started using this guide the day I received it, and it has been an essential pocket reference ever since in my psychiatric rotations as a medical student. It is small enough to fit in the pocket of a lab coat but complete enough to provide DSM criteria for all the most common psychiatric illnesses. The only problem is that I use it so much that I think the binding will break. Some of my colleauges have a version with a spiral binding that would solve that problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica L. Brickey on March 22, 2010
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This "mini" version of the DSM-IV makes it much easier to look up things quickly for those busy Social Workers/Therapists/Counselors.
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