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"This is the book I’ve been waiting for! Thorough and user friendly, DSM-5 Made Easy is a masterpiece of information, advice, and guidance. This comprehensive guidebook offers clinicians a wealth of helpful information. It is the best book of its kind and one that I will be consulting for years to come. Highly recommended."--Ellen Braaten, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School"This is a wonderful book that really gets it right about psychiatric diagnosis. Importantly, Morrison understands that diagnosis is not about labeling but about organizing a person's experience so that treatment is possible. He gets the big picture and attends to the details in the proper context, seeing diagnosis not simply as a snapshot but as an understanding of how psychiatric problems unfold and impair. The book includes cases that ring true and a logical approach to sifting and sorting through symptoms and coming to a parsimonious diagnosis. It is a great companion to the drier style of DSM-5, but also could stand alone as a sourcebook on DSM diagnoses. Bravo!"--John T. Walkup MD, Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College"DSM-5 can be overwhelming, especially for those new to the field, but reading Morrison is like sitting with and listening to a wise and seasoned clinician sharing his thinking processes. Over 130 superbly constructed cases show exactly how Morrison applies the DSM-5 rules and logic. The cases bring the criteria sets and checklists of DSM to life. If you want to learn to think the way DSM-5 does, this is your best guide. It is suitable as a text in introduction-to-the-profession courses in clinical fields. The explanations of how to use the book are excellent guides for teachers and students and will greatly enhance learning."--Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD, author of Clinician's Thesaurus"A terrific resource for experienced practitioners and graduate students alike. Clinical vignettes bring each diagnosis to life and help the user to arrive at a differential diagnosis more easily. This book is much more readable than DSM-5, and belongs on the bookshelf of every mental health agency. I recommend it most highly."--Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, LCSW, College of Social Work, Florida State University "Excellent. Morrison describes the DSM-5 disorders in an accessible way, illustrates them with memorable case examples, and gives useful guidance on how to assess patients. This book should be required reading for all who are training to work in the mental health professions."--Alan Carr, PhD, School of Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland "This informative, comprehensive book offers a well-organized guide for navigating DSM-5. Each chapter features a quick summary of the diagnoses discussed, steps in the diagnostic process, useful tables, and clinical vignettes. Whether used by practicing clinicians or as a supplemental resource in the classroom, the book provides a more manageable approach to the nearly thousand-page DSM-5. It truly lives up to its title."--Tamara Hodges, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University "An extremely useful and forward-looking work. Morrison has put life into DSM-5 criteria with his strategic use of strong vignettes and important tips for using psychiatric codes, including both ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM codes. A real contribution to the thorny problem of constructing meaningful descriptions of patients' difficulties."--Jane Close Conoley, PhD, Dean and Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara "Graduating students and those studying for their licensing exams often ask me to recommend a book on the DSM. Morrison's updated classic is the book I will now recommend. Following the outline of DSM-5, Morrison gives a brief overview of each diagnosis, describes its essential features, and presents a relevant case vignette. I particularly like this method of teaching from a case level. Graduate students, new professionals, and even seasoned clinicians will benefit from Morrison's clinical experience and practice wisdom. If you are searching for a practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-use book on DSM-5, look no further--this is your book."--Mark J. Brenner, PhD, ACSW, LICSW, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, Bridgewater State University"This wonderful book is an excellent resource for practicing clinicians of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Reading DSM-5 Made Easy is like having an insightful colleague to consult on navigating DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM. Concise, thorough and extremely practical, the book is richly illustrated with quick guides, case discussions, and tables. Morrison has succeeded in providing an accessible guide to the often confusing task of diagnosing mental health problems. I will recommend this book to my students."--Denise D. Davis, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

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James Morrison, MD, is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. With his acclaimed practical books--including, most recently, Diagnosis Made Easier, Second Edition, and The First Interview, Fourth Edition--Dr. Morrison has guided hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals and students through the complexities of clinical evaluation and diagnosis.


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The Authoritative Guide to the New DSM 12 May 2014
By SanFran JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Doctor Morrison's clinician's guide to the DSM IV was the single best book available and was a superb aide to those of us preparing for a licensing exam. The title, "made easy", might cause some to dismiss it but it lives up to that claim in a way that is insightful, analytically sound, and authoritative. Morrison also presented the material in a format that made sense and actually made the subject entertaining to someone with a serious interest in it. His guide to the DSM - 5 is equally well done and effective in discussing the new DSM intelligently and expertly. Changes in the various diagnoses are highlighted and some of the reasoning behind those changes are discussed but not the primary focus. Once again, he makes it all "easy" by actually making it clear and organizing it simply. There is no doubt Morrison is an expert diagnostician but there is no "talking down" or lecturing. His style invites the reader, whether beginning or experienced clinician, to explore the DSM with him as a guide. He writes superbly and anyone who has benefited from his work on the DSM IV will not hesitate to invest in this essential book. I have turned to his first text many, many times over the years and expect that will be the case as I integrate the DSM - 5 into my practice and find myself struggling with a particular diagnosis. It's a reliable resource and can often prove to be an invaluable reference to have at hand.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Needs better supporting documentation and differentiation/integration 27 May 2014
By Tom J. Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author raises some good points, including rationale for continuing to use the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (even if it's not in the DSM V?). It might not be the best book for someone looking to learn DSM-5 or for those trained in a scientist-practitioner model. The lack of adequate citations and references makes it maddening (pun intended) to differentiate ideas of the author or others. Supporting documentation and references to primary scientific resources would greatly enhance the validity of what the book asserts. Of course, that is also a major flaw in DSM where users are expected to take it on blind faith from "higher powers".
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I Love This Book 28 Jun. 2014
By Reuben808 - Published on Amazon.com
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At times, when I'm doing an assessment, being that I don't know everything, I prefer to use this book rather than the DSM-5 itself. It has rationale as to why what you thought may have been incorrect as well as expounding on the nuance's of the DSM-5.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent DSM-5 Guide! 18 July 2014
By MED - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Another excellent book from James Morrison! I teach the DSM in a graduate program and wish this book had come out in time for my class last year. Because the DSM-5 is such a radical departure from the DSM-IV, this really helps the clinician and student clinician through the changes and restructuring of the 5.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great book to clarify the criterias in the DSM 5 24 July 2014
By Brittany McCumber - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book to clarify the criterias in the DSM 5. The vignettes for each diagnosis really pulled it all together.
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