The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam

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Designed for interviewers at all levels of experience, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5® Diagnostic Exam is the clinician's companion for using DSM-5® in diagnostic interviews. Both experienced clinicians and those still in training will benefit from the thoughtful, yet practical, fashion in which DSM-5® revisions are reviewed and incorporated into the 30-minute diagnostic interview.

This guide is written for all levels of experience, since every clinician needs to master both DSM-5® criteria and how to conduct a fruitful diagnostic interview. The book:

• Provides insight into the process of establishing a therapeutic alliance, which remains the goal of any psychiatric encounter, even one as brief as the diagnostic interview.• Offers an extensive set of appendixes with resources to enhance understanding. These include a brief, easy-to-use summary of DSM-5® disorders; a stepwise approach to differential diagnosis; the Mental Status Examination and a psychiatric glossary; the ABPN Clinical Skills Evaluation; DSM-5®-related diagnostic tools and scales; and coverage of alternative diagnostic systems and rating scales.• Provides a sequential framework for generating a differential diagnosis, using a six-step approach, that will help clinicians develop their clinical decision-making skills and ensure that they take into account the many and interrelated causes of mental disorders.

Direct, practical, and informative, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5® Diagnostic Exam will enable readers to efficiently and effectively employ DSM-5® as part of a comprehensive diagnostic interview.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: With the publication of the latest edition of the DSM comes the initial confusion regarding evaluation and diagnosis of psychiatric diagnoses under the new criteria. This book attempts to bridge the gap between the actual criteria and the more difficult task of obtaining the information during clinical interactions.
Purpose: The author states that he has written this book to "serve as a map, as a pragmatic companion, for using the DSM-5 in diagnostic interviews."
Audience: Though marketed for students or residents, this work also may prove helpful for psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, nurses, and experienced psychologists and psychiatrists.
Features: Generally, this book follows the organizational structure of the DSM-5, meaning it begins with an introduction to the diagnostic interview and continues through attempts to transition the new concepts in DSM-5 to useful clinical applications. Each chapter has a conclusion section that reiterates the important aspects just discussed, and the book ends with a brief but useful and relevant reference section. The author also provides DSM-5 page numbers for section topics to create a more fluid link between the two works.
Assessment: The release of the newest DSM has created a need for publications that highlight the differences between the old and new versions, which is vital for readers interested in translating the esoteric discussions about diagnosis into practical applications for clinical use. This is a useful book that accomplishes this goal. Chapters are brief to allow for quick scanning, and the DSM-5 page numbers make accessing information in the DSM-5 almost seamless. However, the most useful aspect of this book is the sample diagnostic interview questions which provide readers with techniques to refine their differential diagnoses. This will likely be a book used frequently and not one that collects dust on a shelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624669
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2013
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 40,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 4.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the diagnostic interview. Alliance building during a diagnostic interview. The 30-minute diagnostic interview. Adventures in dimensions. Key changes in DSM-5. The DSM-5 diagnostic interview. Appendixes. A brief version of DSM-5. A stepwise approach to differential diagnosis. The Mental Status Examination and a psychiatric glossary. The ABPN Clinical Skills Evaluation. DSM-5-related diagnostic tools and scales. Alternative diagnostic systems and rating scales. References. Index.

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