Deciphering the Diagnostic Codes: A Guide for School Councelors

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This tightly focused, reader-friendly guide will make it easier for you to use - and communicate to others - the diagnostic codes of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV). Deciphering the Diagnostic Codes is designed to increase your familiarity with the diagnostic coding used in all facets of the mental health and counseling professions. School counselors frequently work closely with other mental health professionals. Until now, however, there has been no comprehensive source that explains the basic ideas and terminology used in diagnoses that are geared specifically to student counseling needs. This new book presents just such an overview, along with information on specific conditions of distress, more serious disorders such as anxiety and depression, and implications for intervention.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 Diagnosis: Communication and Credibility 1
2 Multiaxial Assessment: From the Bottom Up 9
3 The V Codes: Almost a Mental Disorder 24
4 The Adjustment Codes: A Disorder for Everyone 33
5 The Anxiety Codes: A Disorder for Anyone 44
6 The Depression Codes: When Sadness Becomes a Disorder 55
7 The Cognitive Codes: Problem Learning or Learning Disorder 68
8 Attention Disorder Codes: Biology and Politics 83
9 Adolescent Codes: Developmental Stages and Developmental Disasters 92
10 Diagnostic Codes: Is This All There Is? 103
Appendix: Some Useful Resources 115
Index 119
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