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V axes diagnosis, cultural issues and accurate diagnosis

1. what is V Axes Diagnostic. The V Axes diagnostic system is used throughout the mental health system to provide an accurate, objective review of the evaluation completed by a licensed clinician. When complete, as you can see from our text, the V Axes diagnosis provides a complete picture of the client/patient. Identify one of the uses of this diagnosis. Explain why this specific use is valuable.

2 V Axes and Cultural Issues. As with all mental health issues, a culturally specific view of the V Axes diagnostic system is essential. Identify one cultural issue that might be misinterpreted without that culturally specific/sensitive view. Discuss how that misinterpretation would create problems for the client/patient and therapist.

3. Accurate diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis is essential to the well being of the client/patient in the mental health system. Outside of cultural issues, what issues in the system itself do you feel might impede accurate diagnosis? Why?

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1. V Axes Diagnostic:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), which is well known as the DSM-IV, is the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association. It encompasses all mental health disorders regarding both children and adults. It provides a list of the known causes for such mental health disorders, statistics in terms of gender, age at onset, and prognosis along with related research concerning the approaches for optimal treatment. Mental Health Professionals use this manual when working with patients to understand their illness to a great extent along with the potential treatment. It also helps the third party payers (e.g., insurance) to understand the needs of the patient. The book is very essential and useful for psychiatric diagnoses in the United States and many other countries.

The DSM-IV uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach regarding diagnosis of mental disorders because various factors such as clinical syndromes, personality/mental retardation disorders, general medical conditions, psycho-social and environmental problems along with other factors like occupational success, social relationships, personal hygiene, and risk of harm to self or others (Global Assessment of Functioning) in an individual's life will have an impact on mental health. Thus, the V Axes Diagnostic system is a five-axis classification system meant to assess these five dimensions mentioned above using a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnose mental disorders among children and adults. It is very useful in the diagnosis of mental disorders as each disorder may be caused due to a multitude of factors operating in the life of a person. It is only ...

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The DSM-IV uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach regarding diagnosis of mental disorders because various factors such as clinical syndromes, personality/mental retardation disorders, general medical conditions, psycho-social and environmental problems along with other factors like occupational success, social relationships, personal hygiene, and risk of harm to self or others (Global Assessment of Functioning) in an individual's life will have an impact on mental health.

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