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DSM-5® Guidebook: The Essential Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition is a user-friendly, supplementary guide for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health practitioners who need to know how DSM-5® differs from its predecessor in terms of organizational structure, diagnostic categories, and the criteria themselves. While it does not replace the comprehensive and authoritative DSM-5®, it illuminates its content by teaching mental health professionals how to use the revised diagnostic criteria and by providing a practical context for its clinical use.

The book offers many valuable features, including:

• An historical overview of the development of the DSM in general, and DSM-5® in particular, a progression that might be said to mirror the evolution of psychiatry as a whole. The material on the creation of DSM-5® includes coverage of dimensional assessment, reliability and field trials, and the controversies that arose during development of DSM-5®.• An indispensable chapter on how to use DSM-5® that addresses coding, diagnostic certainty, the demise of the multiaxial system, and the key changes to each diagnostic category.• Full coverage of the significant reorganization from DSM-IV-TR® to DSM-5®, which is designed to incorporate advances in neuroscience, brain imaging and genetics. Chapters were reordered to reflect scientific advances in the understanding of psychiatric disorders, and the presumed etiological and the pathophysiological relationships among them.• Extensive coverage of the decision to integrate dimensional measures into DSM-5®, which may enhance the clinician's ability to assess symptom variation and severity and aid in patient evaluation, treatment decisions, and outcome monitoring. The various measures are presented and their use discussed.• Finally, as the authors were not part of the revision process, they offer a fresh, down-to-earth perspective that will resonate with clinicians by focusing on the changes that will most significantly impact clinicians' professional lives.

DSM-5® Guidebook provides a roadmap to the many changes in this living document, DSM-5®, and will prove invaluable to psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, neurologists, social workers, and all who strive to understand mental illness as it is conceived today.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Valerie E Mathis-Allen, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a concise guide to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), that explains the rationale for the changes made from DSM-IV-TR of 2000 to the DSM-5. Each diagnostic chapter begins with pointing out the revisions, provides interesting historical information, chronicles DSM changes with rationales, discusses each diagnostic section, criterion, subtypes, and specifiers, and ends with key points.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide a user-friendly guide for fellow psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health practitioners, and other interested persons on how to incorporate DSM-5 into their practice and teach clinicians how to use the revised diagnostic criteria. The book is needed, and it meets the objectives.
Audience: It is intended to appeal to a wide audience of practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and mental health professionals who wish to know how to implement DSM-5 in their practices. The authors also expect that institutional audiences with solo and small practices, health maintenance organizations, insurance providers, hospitals, libraries, academic institutions, medical school courses, and residency training programs will find the guidebook helpful. They also note that students, residents, and office staff can benefit from the guidebook.
Features: The book covers the general organization of DSM-5, the diagnostic categories and criteria for the disorders. It gives a brief historical background of the rationale for the changes to DSM-5. After that, it discusses dimensional assessment measures and introduces an alternative model for personality disorders and evaluates proposed disorders under consideration. The best parts of the book are the explanations about the changes to DSM-5. The subject areas are well covered. The highlights and improvements to the DSM-5 are well documented. The innovative methods the book employs to deliver the information include the interesting and exciting background discussions that led to the changes in DSM-5, the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for each diagnosis, key points that summarize the changes pertinent to each chapter and the listing of the diagnostic codes and various disorders at the beginning of the chapters. The only shortcoming is the lack of color.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. I found it to be user-friendly and a true guide to using the DSM-5.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624652
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2014
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 567
  • Sales rank: 153,192
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. The march to DSM-5. Use of DSM-5 and major changes from DSM-IV-TR. Neurodevelopmental disorders. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. Mood disorders. Anxiety disorders. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Dissociative disorders. Somatic symptom and related disorders. Feeding and eating disorders. Elimination disorders. Sleep-wake disorders. Sexual dysfunctions, gender dysphoria, and paraphilic disorders. Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Substance-related and addictive disorders. Neurocognitive disorders. Personality disorders. Medication-Induced movement disorders and other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention. Assessment measures. Alternative DSM-5 model for personality disorders. Conditions for further study. Index.

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