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DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic Criteria of the V-Axes

Discuss the use of the diagnostic criteria of the V-Axes and cite specific instances in which it is used.

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1. Discuss the use of the diagnostic criteria of the V-Axes and cite specific instances in which it is used.

Axis V is the Global Assessment of Functioning, which is for reporting the clinician's judgment of the individual's overall level of functioning and carrying out activities of daily living.

Specifically, the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale is a 100-point scale that measures a patients overall level of psychological, social, and occupational functioning on a hypothetical continuum. The GAF Report decision tree is designed to guide clinicians through a methodical and comprehensive consideration of all aspects of a patients symptoms and functioning to determine a patients GAF rating in less than 3 minutes. As well, the GAF Report addresses the growing need for accuracy and reliability in determining and reporting on GAF ratings by ensuring all aspects of a patients functioning are considered. It is recommended that the clinician use the "current?or "past week?rating to indicate current management needs, the "at discharge?rating to document progress and quality of care, and the "highest level in past year?rating as a target for termination of treatment. See GAP scales at the end of this response (http://psyweb.com/Mdisord/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_V.jsp).

For EXAMPLE, the information of the individual's overall level of functioning and carrying out of dauly living is useful for several reasons, such as:

1. This information is used and is very helpful in ...

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This solution provides a list of the diagnostic criteria for the V-Axes of the DSM-IV-TR, and also discusses the use of the diagnostic criteria of the V-Axes and cites specific examples of when it is used.

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