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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
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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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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