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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Hardcover – 1 May 1994

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Press Inc.; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890420610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890420614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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The DSM-IV has taken its share of knocks recently, perhapsmost powerfully from Herb Kutchins, and Stuart A. Kirk in Making Us Crazy : DSM : The Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders (Free Press, 1997). Yet virtually nobody involved in any of the helping/human service professions can afford to practice without the DSM-IV, or one of its spin-offs, on his or her desk. It is rumored that lawyers have bought more copies than psychiatrists, but the American Psychiatric Press isn't telling. Full of flaws, contradictions, and sheer nonsensicalities, the DSM-IV nonetheless stands as the best the scientific world has devised in describing and diagnosing mental illnesses.
People who don't believe in mental illness, who think most psychiatrists are stranger than their patients, or who think that meditation, oriental massage, or past life regression are all the solutions we need to human problems will find no comfort in the DSM-IV. Neither will those who don't consider a science to be real unless its state of development permits its concepts to be expressed in equations rather than mere language. But in a world full of nervous, despondent, deluded, nasty, selfish, withdrawn, and otherwise troubled and troublesome folks, the DSM-IV, imperfect as are the people it describes and who compiled it, is the best guide we have in trying to make sense of it all.
^M^MA 14 year old boy is depressed. Is it just a phase, or is it serious enough to require medication to prevent his suicide? A 57 year old woman starts believing that her neighbors are pumping poison gas into her apartment. Does she need a gas mask, reassurance, brain surgery, or Prozac?
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