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DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM Hardcover)) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2000


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  • Hardcover: 980 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Press Inc.; 4th ed text revision edition (31 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890420246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890420249
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.8 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By andy e t on 3 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
Covers the widely known disorders (mood, anxiety, schizophrenia) in good depth, but then shoots itself in the foot by including stuff like "mathematics disorder" - if being bad at maths means people are mentally disordered, then count me in!!!. The APA just threw everything in to the IV-TR - good and bad.

The dsm is due soon for an overhaul, so I`d wait for the next edition to be published. Unless you need the dsm for academic purposes NOW, I`d use the WHO`s ICD online version as an equally valid alternative.

A more useful book for people working in mental health services would be "Call Me Crazy" by Irit Shimrat.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 5 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
We are in the in-between time, the DSM-IV being over a decade old, and the DSM-V being due out at some unspecified date, but giving the general publication rate of the major DSM revisions and the advance of general knowledge, it cannot be too far into the future. I have the DSM-IV, burgundy-cover edition, and have dipped into the DSM-IV-TR on occasion from the library, but have found no particular reason to need to purchase the TR silver edition for the kind of work I do.
This is a guide that is useful, indeed required, for graduate students in mental health and psychological fields, and for professionals working in those fields. As a pastoral care provider, I find it useful in many cases, but will warn that it is not a definitive tool to be used by itself in the hands of laypersons (which, in terms of professional psychology, I most certainly am). Symptoms and diagnoses are difficult to isolate, and not to be left in the hands of amateurs - to that end, I often worry about the general availability of books such as this (I have a similar fear for the PDR, the Physicians Desk Reference, whereby people try to self-diagnose and self-medicate based on their reading).
The DSM-IV is not without controversy - indeed, the whole psychological enterprise is not without controversy. However, this is the current standard by which the profession measures itself (sometimes a bit in opposition, but there are few who hold the DSM to be meaningless).
Professionals will want to have this book; graduate students may or may not need this particular revision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Parish on 11 July 2012
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I bought a new copy of DSM-IV-TR for around £22 here on Amazon.co.uk. It's an Indian edition with the same text. The quality is lower than the original versions I've seen but the binding seems secure. This is perfectly readable, lighter weight (still a tome!) and a fraction of the price. I'm very happy with it.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
This DSM-IV Text revision serves as a bridge across the old DSM IV and the next DSM V.
In this text revision the reader cannot find substantial changes of the diagnostic criteria, but only an augmented revision of the parts which present and describe the various disorders.
It could be interpreted as a little change, yet the augmented parts of the text are often very important, since they provide an integration of scientific knowledge to the data of the last ten years.
It is to be remembered that the changes and augmentations of the text are distributed in a very dense manner and involve chiefly the statistical and epidemiological data, the parts concerning "diagnostic characteristics", "differential diagnosis", "linked disorders", "prevalence", "illness course", together with amendments of minimal mistakes and an amelioration of the text which is now clearer, with a didactic purpose.
Some examples of relevant changes of the texts can be found for the subtypes of the "Iperactivity-attention deficit disorder", codes and list of the causes of dementias, linked laboratory findings and differential diagnosis, risk genetic factors and the most recent prevalence data in U.S.A.
An important extension can be found in the text about the laboratory data linked with skizophrenia, which are updated to the neurophysiological, neurocognitive and neuroimaging data of the nineties.
The concept of"skizophrenia spectrum" has also been introduced.
A similar revision can be found in the sections concerning epidemiology, laboratory and linked disorders of "Mood disorders.
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By Kev Green on 10 May 2014
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As Americanized as you can get. This book is often referred to as the 'Psychiatrist's Bible', I'd call it a mish-mash of unproven hypothesis and supposition by academics who haven't got the slightest idea about mental health in its raw self. You have to have experienced the issues you talk of in human terms, not statistically as this book does. Humans are just that, we are not numbers and experiments are always going to be flawed.

Scathing criticism out of the way, the book, now updated, is an absolute must for any budding psychologist or practitioner wanting to enter the field of mental health. It's inaccurate in parts but as a whole its very good indeed.
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Book arrived nice and quick, is very detailed, got clear indexing, so far I have been able to find what I have been looking for without any problems.
Would recommend this book.
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