- Paperback: 980 pages
- Publisher: American Psychiatric Press Inc.; 4th Revised edition edition (31 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890420254
- ISBN-13: 978-0890420256
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.5 x 5.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) Paperback – 31 Jul 1994
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Would recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kev G
I need this book to complete some subjects I am currently studying, and I think is a good tool and helps understand mental disordersPublished on 27 Jun. 2013 by Cris
Not able to review this book as it was not for me but for my son who is a psychologistPublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by Gillian E Andrews
I bought a 2nd copy of both the DSM IV and the ICD-10 as my first books were becoming worn w/ use and age. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2011 by Pretty In Pink
Seriously, there are far better fiction books out there than this unmitigated tripe. Some people say that certain books are impossible to put down. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2011 by The Sweet poetry of Pus
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