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DSM-V Diagnoses

Review a specific addiction listed in the DSM-5 and address what the relevant differential diagnosis would need to rule out. Note what assessments are needed to rule out other mental health or medical disorders that might be present with similar concerns or symptoms. What assessments would help support determining the level of severity?

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Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior, and other symptoms that cause social or occupational dysfunction. Thus, for a diagnosis, symptoms must include the presence of the condition for at least six months with the individual having symptoms such as (hallucinations, disorganized speech, delusions, etc.) for at least one month. As a result of the changes in the DSM-V, the dimensional assessments is stated to account for the severity of symptoms of Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. However, Ritsner, Mar, Arbitman, & Grinshpool (2013) assert that the Symptoms for Severity Scale for the DSM -V (SS-DSM5) has not been presented with reliable and/or valid psychometric properties. Based on the research, the first edition of the DSM-V favored the psychodynamic theoretical model; however, the final edition of the DSM-V referred more to a psychobiological dysfunction within the recognition that mental disorders reflect a medical or physiological dysfunction.

The basic characterization for Schizophrenia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000) stays the same in the 5th edition of the manual. However, some changes have been made in terms of making a diagnosis. For ...

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This solution discusses the changes and deletions in DSM-V as it relates to Schizophrenia.