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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

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The DSM IV provides the only comprehensive classification of all recognized psychiatric disorders in print. This edition features increased emphasis on multicultural influences, development across the lifespan, and substance abuse disorders. More than 1,000 clinicians and researchers have contributed to the revision of this classic reference.
Paperback, (4th ed), 886 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by American Psychiatric Publishing
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Puja
Aug 21, 2007 Puja rated it really liked it
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great reference tool (although outdated... published in '94, look for the revised version). keep in mind, its true that the APA actually VOTES these "disorders" into the DSM. debate amongst yourselves whether you would call this a scientific manual. the gender identity disorder section is only a few pages, and classifies 'standing up' to pee as evidence of a disorder.
Daniel
May 06, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invaluable resource for diagnosing your own failings (and those of everyone you know). It's great fun to read the criteria for all the disorders. You can't help suspecting you have every one of them, and are in fact hopelessly insane.
Malbadeen
Sep 19, 2007 Malbadeen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Bored Dorks and Pompous asses
Ugh! I HATE this book! I mean really, really hate it!
Lisa
May 04, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: professionals who need it--but you should really READ it.
Recommended to Lisa by: University of Virginia. Though 'required' is probably more accur
It's some weird, disturbing, awesome hybrid of a useless necessary evil and an insightful meditation on various disorders and differential diagnosis.

It's generally not very useful for kids, even the section on Disorders Usually Diagnosed In Infancy Or Childhood. The DSM is all about differentiation, and the thing about kids is, they're just not all that differentiated yet. I'd like to see more acknowledgement of how disorders in children are, naturally and developmentally, going to be fuzzy arou
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Kate  Rosenberg
Jan 27, 2008 Kate Rosenberg rated it it was amazing
Diagnose everyone you know! Take up a new disorder of your own! One of the most fascinating texts I've read (most of). There is so much to chew on: for fun, try out a new disorder. If you want to be all serious about it, read it for cultural critque. What is a disorder? What is "the human condition?" What is old news? What do you anticipate will disappear when the DSM-V comes out? So many questions, so little time to learn the coding for all the really weird diagnoses. Time to play doctor!
Maureen
Jun 24, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: psychology
The standard reference work for mental health professionals, this is a starting point for trying to understand different diagnoses and conditions. Trends come and go in its pages: at one time, homosexuality was listed as a psychological disorder. Still in all, it is the place to go for a brief yet encyclopedic description of any mental affliction.
Johnny
Mar 06, 2008 Johnny rated it it was amazing
Essential...essential for all the right reasons
Grace Krilanovich
Jun 23, 2007 Grace Krilanovich rated it really liked it
Always on the nightstand. An excellent choice for your bedside psychological reference needs.
Elyssa
Oct 04, 2007 Elyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
This is a vital resource for counseling professionals who need to diagnose and treat individuals with mental illness.
Lance Reynald
Jun 21, 2007 Lance Reynald rated it really liked it
very handy.

just for fun you can spend an evening sipping merlot and "finding" your friends
Carolyn
Jan 21, 2008 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Required reading in grad psych classes
Terrance
Aug 01, 2008 Terrance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-some-of-it
Excellent reference book.
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