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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    This is the reference book that explains it all.

    This is a very helpful book. It describes psychiatric disorders and how to code them for insurance purposes. Ths DSM V is a year or two away, so this is the book to have for now.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    APA Sets The Standard By Which All Others Are Judged, The DSM-IV Is Essential

    This is such an essential reference for all students of psychology, including the PhDs, PsyDs, college students, and even high-school students, that it is required reading for most upper-division Abnormal Psychology courses in every college throughout the nation. The key elements behind any diagnosis of pathology, especially psychopathalogy, is the understanding of all of the disparate manifestations that such disorders can take. The DSM-IV TR, serves all students well to that end, and conveys very effectively the most pertinent aspects of mental diagnoses. With psychology being such an incredibly broad and interdisciplinary profession and course of study accordingly, there is a great need for a reference such as this. Phobias, paraphilias, mood disorders, sleep disorders, and many other problems of the human mind, are explored and articulated in such a way as to be accessible by everyone, and to remind us all, PhDs or not, that we are all human and thus are all susceptible to the same mental dysfunctions that so predominate and also punctuate the course of human existence. Plus, it looks good on a coffee table, office, or in a university.

    Michael Wade

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    The DSM-IV

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is one of the most comprehensive tools used in psychology today. It is the tool that is most widely recognized and most widely used. While it takes some time to get used to the format, it does provide some great information. Prior to purchasing this book I considered some of the supplemental guides that are available. However, nothing was as thorough as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (version 4). Plus, if someone is planning on working in the field of psychology or social work it is important to have all the necessary tools. This book, without question, is one of the most important tools.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Great tool

    A+++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    A Textbook as important as the Physicians 'PDR'

    When I was in school this book was my bible. There is a wealth of information in it. I have had the opportunity to preview parts of DSM V TR that will be out in 2010. This book makes diagnosing so much easier when a disorder presents as possibly two. That is where the Difirential diagnosis comes in to play to avoid mistakes. To make such an allegation such as Richard S made is no more than uneducated arrogance. The DSM IV and all the way back to the first DSM is absolutely based on pure empirical scientific evidence. The APA takes decades or more to produce a newer version. That should tell you how much research and case studies go into these books. The DSM IV was 1st copywritten in 1994 and the DSM V is not due to be released until late 2010. I have had a glimpse to the new DSM V TR and because of 9/11 their will be much more helpful information that we have at our disposal to treat those in need. As for commentor Richard S. all I can say is that arrogance is fear. I have said for many years that this book should not be made available to the general public, they do not know how to use it, they cannot understand half of the language or terminology. I feel it should only be sold to Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists Licensed Social workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatric Nurses and students in a Graduate related program. Apparently, Richard is not in the profession or he would not stand in judgement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    a necessary book

    A very much needed book for social workers. Its fairly easy to use and has all the up to date information that in necessary for the field.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    A MUST HAVE

    If you are a psychology student or obviously in the psychology field, you need the DSM-IV-TR. It is an excellent resource for learning the criteria for mental disorders. I have learned a lot from this book and will continue to rely on it for the most up-to-date diagnostic criteria. To the other 'reviewers'... I think there is some personal opinion being abused here, and very likely this book has not even been read by these 'reviewers'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    The human psyche captured

    The DSM is - unjustly - much decried and much derided by critics, both laymen and mental health practitioners. Its shortcomings notwithstanding, it is a noble and largely successful attempt to capture the dysfunctions of the human psyche in the confines of a single tome. Is mental illness a mere figment of our cultural and social milieu? Are the distinctions between mental disorders - the differential diagnoses - too ambiguous? Is the DSM too formal and bureaucratic? You bet. Has anyone come up with anything remotely better? No, Sir! The DSM is not only a system of classification - but also an insightful distillation of decades of clinical experience. A must. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    The Best

    The source for information on differential diagnosis. A must for every office.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    APA Gets Straight to the Point - AGAIN!!!!

    The American Psychiatric Association has once again developed a text that is not only suitable for professionals in the field and related areas of Psychology but also for students studying the discipline, and individuals who are simply curious as to the nature of mental disorders and their general characteristics. The title of the text is simple, catchy, and brief yet extremely descriptive in presenting the contents of the actual text. It is professionally tailored to appeal to anyone who reads or hears about it. Well done APA!

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