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DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  11,036 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Since the DSM-IV was published in 1994, we've seen many advances in our knowledge of psychiatric illness. This Text Revision incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since DSM-IV was completed in 1994. Updated information is included about the associated features, culture, age, and gender features, ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by American Psychiatric Publishing (first published 1952)
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Marvin
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My three cats Maslow, Ashley and Fanci were browsing my book shelf again. Ashley's gray paw caught on a big silver book that crashed to the floor.

"Ashley, what did I tell you about helping yourself to the books"

"Sorry." Ashley looked a little peeved. "Frankly I would rather help myself to the tuna cans."

Maslow looked the book over. "What's a Dasm Fourster?"

I checked it out. "Oh, you mean the DSM-IV-TR also known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition Revised
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Tucker



This is one of my favorite books that deals with mental illness! To see the others and to here me ramble about my brain, watch my video, A Brief Trip Inside My Mind!


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[11/16/2019] - i finally bought a copy!!

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[10/18/2019] - i can't wait to buy my own copy of this so i don't have to borrow the library's. the only thing is... this B*tch is expensive... (like $100 expensive)

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[9/18/2019] - I should really stop re-reading this....

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Tanya
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel the need to use the DSM to psychoanalyze the reviewers of this book. Whoa. It seems like people are personally offended by the existence of the DSM. Well, I for one, as a mental health professional, am quite glad that it exists because without it, I would be left to my own devices. There are many crazy therapists out there who would be diagnosing people with the most outlandish things possible if there weren't some guidelines in place. The DSM is not any of the following and if you're ...more
Lesley
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody with hypochondriasis
Shelves: psychology
In my experience, seasoned, sensitive, forward-thinking clinicians - the ones mostly interested in, like, helping people with their problems and, like, listening without judgment - claim to be kinda down on the DSM. It's an insurance company handbook, they say. It's a pharmaceutical company catalog. It's subjectivity masquerading as objective medical fact. Good points. I mean if you've ever had any doubt at all about the cultural impact on perceptions of mental illness, you need only compare ...more
Morgan Blackledge
I gave it 5 stars just to be a dick. But really! It's just a fucking book. Relax already. I know managed care sucks. But try to imagine what the fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology were like before diagnostic criteria and strict licensure standards. Running with scissors anyone? P.S. check out Nicole's review. She has read it "front to back several times"?Wow! That's hard core. I love nerding out on this stuff as much as the next guy, but dangalang, reading (and re-reading) a reference ...more
Jeffrey Guterman
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? It's hard to say that this is a "good" book or that this is a "bad" book. This is a diagnostic manual used to diagnose mental disorders. But maybe I should not be so quick to conclude that this is all the DSM is. The DSM is also a cultural artifact. It is the product of a so-called scientific community, largely the psychiatric profession, that for better and/or worse, has powerful effects. One of the biggest shortcomings of the DSM is that it fails to understand the ethical ...more
Sarah
Apr 16, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the crazies.
i learned that it is possible to diagnose friends, loved ones, and myself with many disorders. I also learned that it is probable that there's nothing wrong with any of us. Still waiting for the DSM to focus on what's right!
Brian
Jan 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a believer is DSM manuals. Each one of us is unique; no one comes with bullet points.
Shu-ning
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line, this is a diagnostic manual used to diagnose mental disorders, which in my opinion cannot be measured and is largely affected, or I should say "manipulated," by various variables such as the interviewee's culture background, ethnicity, communication, perception, in the moment emotions, etc, to name a few and the interviewer's interviewing skills, cultural sensitivity, personal bias and ingrained assumptions, etc, to name a few. Because of its unmeasurability, the constantly changing ...more
Tony
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DSM IV is the latest installment of a series that has captured the hearts of readers. Brimming with erotic excitement and plot turns that keep you guessing until the last page, this is an instant classic for fans of the statistical-diagnostic-spy-thriller genre.
Stephanie Allen
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Very educational and informative. Now reading the DSM V, which is an updated version based on newest research!! I am using the DSM V for the research base for my new book.
Dereck
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
For some reason, I thought I'd be the only nerd to put this on his list. It's a great reference, and handy to have for any psychology major or for any reference geek. It's pretty easy to find what you need. It's well organized, and very informative. The DSM books are also regularly updated, which is good because you get the most current information on psychological disorders.
Nicole
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational
Of course I didn't read the whole thing! C'mon!
I have read a lot of it though.
Sarah
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you keep this on your coffee table, it will certainly freak out your friends and family. It can also be used to liven up dull cocktail parties.
Leonardo
Sep 07, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
Seligman noted that psychologists had created an enormous manual, known as the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), to diagnose every possible mental illness and behavioral annoyance, but psychology didn't even have a language with which to talk about the upper reaches of human health, talent, and possibility.

The Happiness Hypothesis Pág.167
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Tim
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to be very anti-label, but after going back to school for social work and working as a counselor at a methadone clinic I have reversed my opinion of this very critical reference book. The point of this book is to identify problematic behaviors so as to allow for treatment of such. Unfortunately, and far too often, the nature of this book gets abused, and at times certainly those who are responsible for its compilation have hurt their own cause with regard to at-large social understanding. ...more
Shannon
My views on the DSM have changed over time and I have some mixed feelings on the manual. I understand that providing diagnoses are a way to help people have services covered that they want and/or need by insurance companies. This is not ideal, but how the broken system works. A label can provide some form of explanation for experiences that can be freeing for some. And I do see the need for being able to categorize research on effective techniques.

On the other hand, labeling human beings can be
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Jason
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lack of strength based approached here is seriously lacking.

It is too tightly restrictioned to ridged normative culture, rather than using a scale. This is self evident and clearly displayed in its autistic, and bipolar sections.

Clinical perspectives I'd missing and a review of spirituality on any level missing.

The writing is very clear and easily understood.

Deficit based thinking plagues these pages in a strict manner that only serves to label one as sick and pathological. This is not
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Danell
I can't give a rating to a diagnostic manual - it just doesn't seem right...
This book is kind of a double-edged sword but I won't take the time to get on my soap box about that right now. However, it's a necessary "tool" and offers some helpful guidelines for mental health professionals BUT the new edition is coming out this summer with many revisions (some BIG changes, some minor). So although I gained the basic foundation from this book, I'll will be waiting for the new edition before I
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Jessica
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the worried well
Parts of this are a bit slow, it's redundant at times, and certain sections (e.g., gender identity disorder) already seem ridiculously dated. Despite all that -- and partly because of it -- this is a vastly entertaining read. I especially recommend the Personality Disorders, which you can just keep returning to again and again. I also find there's a certain kind of poetry to many of the parasomnias, while the Factitious disorders make a nice read, and it goes without saying that the paraphilias ...more
Aimee
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aimee by: My Psychopathology Teacher
Can can your really rate the DSM? Its not like I sit up at night turning and turning the pages completely engrossed in the psychological dysfunction of mankind. Hence the 2 star rating....but that being said, I am happy there is a resource for psychological stuff. I'm not a huge fan of slapping a diagnosis on a person until absolutely necessary but of course I am going to need this as a therapist down the road.

2 stars. 4 stars for resource value.

Kaley B
Dec 30, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is the encyclopedia of mental disorders. I am finally a grad student, studying to get a Master's of Social Work and the DSM IV TR is a center piece to clinical social work. To be quite honest, I hate it thus far. Not because it is somewhat difficult to use, but because I battle with the concept of diagnosing people and the speed at which our society diagnosis and "treats" mental issues. My primary battle enemy: ADHD diagnosis in kids.
J. Keck
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having spent years within the covers of this book, I really appreciate the reviews of the Humorists and the Social/Anthropological readers. When the computer with emails began to proliferate in offices and homes, I began to wonder how long it would be before there was a diagnosis for "Information Overload Disorder."
Olivestarr
Jan 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a forensic psychology major, this is my bible. That being said, this is the most terrifying book I've ever read!! No worries though the DSM-5 is slated to come out soon and it promises to be even more horrifying!! Lolli lolli lolli get your labels here!!
Karah
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unless you absolutely need to read this book, I really wouldn't recommend it! It's 800 pages of Mental Illness stuff and incredibly boring for summer reading. Plus, in addition to the actual class I needed it for, I figure that it cost me about $1,200 to read this thing. (ugh)
Desi
Jan 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! What a textbook! I'm in the process of delving into all the psychopathology I can handle!
Abnoos
what can I say. The Bible.
Amy M.  Strasburger
Well this is a mental heath therapist's "bible", so I use it all of the time!:)
Mark
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fascists, petty authoritarians, school administrators, gaslighting abusers, and prison wardens
Shelves: psych
This book is a political document. As science, it is a fraud.
SmarterLilac
In my humble, non-professionals opinion, a lot of really sketchy "disorders" made their way into these pages. (Body Dysomorphic Disorder, AKA, "Broken Mirror Syndrome"? Please.)
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