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A comprehensive and accessible series of diagnostic criteria, 10 Jun 2001
As with any psychiatric classification system the ICD-10 is not flawless, however, it allows us as clinicians to discuss psychopathological phenomenon using the same language. The various clinical categories are encompassed with ten blocks of clinical descriptions, which allow the user easy access, and quick reference.
In addition, brief notes are supplied in relation to debatable issues such as 'separation of acute and transient psychotic disorders from schizophrenia'. It is interesting to note that whilst the ICD-10 covers the same clinical categories as the DSM-IV-TR, it is approx a third of the size, presenting a more focused format. A must for all mental health professions.