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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890425566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890425565
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5(R) is a concise, affordable companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-5(R). It includes the fully revised diagnostic classification, as well as all of the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5(R) in an easy-to-use paperback format. This handy reference provides quick access to the information essential to making a diagnosis. Designed to supplement DSM-5(R), this convenient guide will assist all mental health professionals as they integrate the DSM-5(R) diagnostic criteria into their diagnoses.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders stands alone as the most authoritative reference available for clinical practice in the mental health field, and the structural and diagnostic changes in the fifth edition are "must-know" material for every clinician. The Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5(R) distills the most crucial, updated diagnostic information from this volume to provide clinicians with an invaluable resource for effectively diagnosing mental disorders, ranging from the most prevalent to the least common.


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Setting aside - for a moment - the debate about the politics of psychiatry, especially the state of American health care and the imperative to attach a diagnostic label to human suffering, as these issues are well addressed elsewhere, this book is massively over-priced for the quality of the product. I have its predecessor, the Quick Reference to DSM-IV-TR, and the print quality has plummeted. Looking at some pages, especially those with chapter headings, I began to wonder whether the pages have simply been photocopied. There is uneven ink distribution, especially where text has background shading. Text frequently shows through from the reverse page, as the book is made with flimsy paper, which contrasts with the thicker, shiny paper of the DSM-IV-TR Quick Reference. On day one of possessing the book, in folding back the pages for a proper look at the small-font print, I became concerned that the pages showed signs of coming loose from the binding. Bear in mind that this is a "Desk Reference", which must, by definition, be intended for regular use. I fear that the book will not stand up to reasonable wear and tear. Please not also that some of the codes, both in this book and the full version, are wrong. See the DSM website for coding corrections. All in all, and now including the politics of psychiatry, this leaves me wondering just how professional the American Psychiatric Association really is.

Update: I've been looking at the reviews on the US version of Amazon. Any fears I had about appearing to be over-reacting to the print quality and poor binding have disappeared. Lots of US reviewers have said the same thing, even suggesting that the American Psychiatric Association has deliberately bound the book poorly to increase replacement purchases.
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The manual arrived earlier than anticipated. The price through this seller was considerably better than other sites. The manual was clearly new and in plastic wrap. About a dozen of the pages were folded (not dog-eared, more like the manual had been closed that way during manufacturer packaging) but this was easily remedied. I agree with other reviewers that the quality of the print is considerably lower than previous manuals, but the bottom line is that this is meant to be a functional, not aesthetic, product. I do like that ICD codes, and coding explanations, are included next to diagnostic codes. Unless one is completely unfamiliar with clinical diagnostics, I can't imagine why one would drop $$ for the inflated cost of the full manual. This is all you need. I will follow the advice of other reviewers, however, and get this spiral-bound.
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Useful reference tool and arrived promptly. I accept the criticisms of other reviewers that the standard of print and paper may not be sufficiently good for very regular use but for my occasional use it's fine
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This looks as thought it has been copied...print a bit fuzzy and it was posted from India. Not sure I will keep it.
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This pocket reference to the DSM-5, like its predecessor, is a handy size to take on ward rounds. It contains pertinent information which describes the new APA criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. However, the content is less accessible than the DSM IV-TR version, with much unnecessary repetition, with much unnecessary repetition. We look forward to the ICD 11 in the hopes that breakthroughs in our understanding of mental illness will be reflected in the diagnostic criteria.
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This is a must for anyone working in the Speciality. It is reasonably priced and essential to have a personal copy rather than depend on its availability in the Department.
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I love this little book, it gives a great overview of all the mental health conditions in an easy to carry book. Its like a pocket dictionary which is great. I would recommend it to friends. The delivery was also superfast.
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Quite poor in terms of print quality to the point where it reminds me of illegally printed books you can buy abroad but reasonably priced.
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