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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Define the major Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and what categories of anxiety mood/affective and dissociative/somatoform disorders

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1. Define the major Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and what categories of anxiety mood/affective and dissociative/somatoform disorders?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. Psychiatric Diagnoses are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th. Edition. Test Revised (DSM-IV-TR). It is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. It uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing because many factors in a person's life impact their mental health. (www.psych.org/MainMenu/Research/DSMIV.aspx)

According to APA:

"It is intended to be applicable in a wide array of contexts and used by clinicians and researchers of many different orientations (e.g., biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, ...

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are summarized in this solution. References are also provided to justify the assertions.

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