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DSM_IV-TR multiaxial evaluation system and the Global Assess

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I need some thoughts/ideas on the following prompt:

What is your opinion of the DSM-IV-TR multiaxial evaluation system? Do you feel it captures enough information about a client and his/her situation? Is anything missing? What about personal strengths and environmental resources? How do you feel about the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale? Is it useful?

DSM IV TR & Five Axis System

Axis I http://www.psyweb.com/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_I.jsp
Axis II http://www.psyweb.com/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_II.jsp
Axis III http://www.psyweb.com/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_III.jsp
Axis IV http://www.psyweb.com/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_IV.jsp
Axis V http://www.psyweb.com/DSM_IV/jsp/Axis_V.jsp

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I hope this solution gets to you in time. What you are being asked to here is simple enough - you are being asked to provide an opinion which means that you need to present your ideas about the evaluation system. How will you evaluate? This depends on the questions that you need to answer. Above the questions have already been outlined. So what should we do? All we need to do is answer them and present our opinion. Our outline thus:

1. Introduction - what is DSM-IV-TR? Why is it important in the field of psychiatry? What is this paper about? About 200 words.
2. The functions of the system - a specific look at how the system functions and an example of its application - About 400 words.
3. Opinion on how it captures client context - About 300 words.
4. Opinion on personal strengths and environmental resources - About 300 wordss.
5. Opinion on Global Assessment of Functioning Scale and its use - About 300 words.
6. Conclusive opinion about the system based on the above - About 200 words.
7. References.

Now, we have a structure we can follow, one that answers all questions and puts in the necessary details. If you have any questions about the narrative below that follows this outlin, just let me know. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones


What is DSM-IV-TR?

DSM-IV-TR is short for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition and text revision. Published by the American Psychiatric association, it governs the standard criteria and is used as the official 'language' of mental disorder classification. It thus provides a common ground from which all Psychiatric practices are standardized. This is its importance. It has evolved over time since its inception in the Post-War period, specifically 1952 when demand for the standardization of psychiatric practice first grew. The need to correctly diagnose mental disorders was important as only by doing so can the right treatment be advised. over the years, the standards that it has set has influenced practitioners not only in the US but all over the world, becoming a key element considered by clinicians, drug agencies, policymakers, researchers and practitioners when making decisions. For practitioners and clinicians most especially, the DSM-IV-TR is their 'bible' as it envelopes the entire spectrum of their practice. This paper will present an opinion on the effectiveness and applicability of the current DSM, especially its contextual relevance.

The Functions of DSM-IV-TR

The Manual is primarily used to communicate the diagnosis of the patient after the clinician has done an evaluation. This is done by qualifying the client according to 5 avis and they are as ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, discussion and advise in taking on the task of reviewing the DSM_IV-TR multiaxial evaluation system and the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale. The specific applications of both, their usefulness in therapy is discussed as well. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version of the solution is also attached.