Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) (Education)

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  • The most widely used system for the classification of mental disorders in the United States. The DSM was first published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952. The last edition (text revision) was published in 2000 (DSM-IV-TR). This manual contains a compre hensive list of 410 mental health disorders organized in 17 broad categories. It provides a list of symptoms in concrete behavioral terms for each disorder as well as an explanation of the number of symptoms that are required to be present to meet the diagnosis. In addition, preceding each diagnostic criterion is a description of the prevalence for men and women, the approximate age of onset, predisposing factors, and the expected prognosis. One of the innovations of the third edition of the DSM ...

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