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

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This Text Revision incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since the DSM-IV(R) of 1994. Updated information is included about the associated features, culture, age & gender features, prevalence, course & familial pattern of mental disorders. The DSM-IV-TR(R) brings this essential diagnostic ...more
Paperback, 4th, Text Revision, 943 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by American Psychiatric Publishing (first published 1952)
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Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 goi ...more
Billie Rain
Sep 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
know your enemy
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 DSM ...more
Morgan Blackledge
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2007 is currently reading it
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!
Jeffrey Guterman
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 imp ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
I am not a believer is DSM manuals. Each one of us is unique; no one comes with bullet points.
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educational
Of course I didn't read the whole thing! C'mon!
I have read a lot of it though.
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 07, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference
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
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 v
Kaley B
Dec 30, 2010 is currently reading it
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  ·  review of another edition
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."
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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.)
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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.
Stephanie Allen
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 20, 2016 added it
what can I say. The Bible.
Veronica Turbay
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
use it daily, in my line of work, a diagnosis (and understanding of the diagnose) may help some to cope better with life.! My suggestion, if you're going to actually open this book and especially if you are going to use it frequently, invest the extra money in the hard cover!
Kieran Long
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting, but can't wait to read about spectrum approach instead of this books categorical approach.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My bible.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Hmmm where to start. I remember my fascination with the intrigue and allure of the human psyche when I started my medical studies. I absolutely KNEW I was going to be a neuro/psych guy. I engulfed my neuro and psych courses in the pre-clinical years. The neuro syndromes and the ways neurological disorders could present fascinated me (they still do). The academics of psychiatric illness blew me away. To think a person's very soul could be studied was something that filled me intellectual enthusia ...more
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone working in, or wanting to better understand, the mental health field
As of March 2008, the most current edition of the primary reference for psychology and psychiatry, used to diagnose mental health problems and form the basis for treatment planning. This book is produced by the American Psychiatric Association and uses the "medical model" approach, similar to the way purely physical diseases or injuries are diagnosed, providing a list of objectively observable symptoms to determine or rule out the existence of a wide number of problems, grouped in categories suc ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Yuu Sasih
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
First time I stepped my feet on my faculty's library, I was instantly drowning in clinical section. My goal on studying Psychology is to be a clinical psychologist, thus my intention on clinical books. And when I'm there to finish my assignment, my attention drew on this book. DSM-IV is a manual for every clinical problem in psychology and I found myself totally absorbed in this one.

As a manual should, this book contains informations in a scientific way, which would make many people bored least
Mar 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: intellectual masochists in need of a serious headache
The last section at the end of so many dis/orders that stipulates that if your "oddity" prevents you from being functional in all portions of your life you have a dis/order does not account for the problem potentially being with society's bigotry instead of you. I'm not saying it's always the case but sometimes it is and the DSM does not leave room for that.
All the examples are from white culture, the only stats it cares about are from the US or other white dominated countries. I'm an atheist s
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