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DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide To Diagnosis
With the publication of DSM-IV, mental health practitioners are faced with the challenge of quickly learning a whole new set of diagnostic standards. Providing a simple way rapidly to become conversant with all DSM-IV categories as well as its many new criteria, this book translates DSM-IV data into a concise, accessible format, explicating and illustrating all the criteria in clear, jargon-free language. It discusses, illustrates, and interprets the criteria for every DSM-IV diagnosis. Over 100 vivid case histories give the reader a flavor of the disorder described and provide a framework for understanding the diagnostic criteria. In each, the author walks the reader through the process in step-by-step detail, discussing how he arrives at a five-axis diagnosis. Helpful features include quick guides at the beginning of every chapter pointing the way to the sought after diagnosis; tips highlighting information that will help clinicians make the diagnosis; sidelights containing historical information and other interesting facts, and editorial comments discussing diagnosis, patients, and clinical issues. This book will be invaluable to all mental health clinicians who want a quick and painless way to learn the DSM-IV criteria, psychologists and social workers studying for their state licensing exam, and graduate students taking courses in abnormal behavior and psychopathology.
||March 23, 1995|
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121 of 124 found the following review helpful:
Better than DSM!Apr 12, 1998
The author has done an excellent job of taking the DSM diagnostic criteria and adding tips, additional information, and commentary. Perhaps, most importantly, he devotes most of the book to those diagnoses that a clinician is most likely to encounter in the "real world" while giving relatively little attention to the more esoteric disorders. I especially liked his advice on how to do decide which diagnosis is the more likely to be accurate. The book also contains vignettes to demonstrate how the appropriate information can be elicited to do an accurate diagnosis. I have found that this book is not only more useful than the DSM; I no longer need the DSM.
68 of 70 found the following review helpful:
pass your board exam!Jan 30, 2000
By aracely neeley, LMSW-ACP
I really loved this book! it was a great tool to help pass my board exam (ACP/social work), i studied it faithfully and didn't even bother studying the DSM IV manual. this book is well written and VERY easy to comprehend difficult diagnosis. i recommend it strongly if you are entering the psychiatric field and you are not a psychiatrist!
68 of 71 found the following review helpful:
An invaluable tool in tackling the complexity of DSM IV.Jul 08, 2000
By Craig Bauer
Morrison does an excellent job of breaking down the complex difficulties of diagnosis into a manageable, thorough and above all readable guide. Where DSM - IV is daunting and impersonal, DSM-IV Made Easy guides the reader with an evident understanding of the difficulties faced not only by the uninitiated but also the experienced. Well written vignettes help bring DSM's disorders to life and step by step diagnoses are invaluable tools in learning to apply DSM's vast criteria. This book is organized, detailed, accessible and all but essential in wading through the tricky waters of DSM IV.
34 of 35 found the following review helpful:
Wonderful resource!Oct 10, 2005
By Jennifer K. Paweleck-Bellingrodt, Psy.D.
this book is one of the BEST books in the field. of all the books i read in graduate school, this was one of the most helpful and useful. the DSM-IV is very dense; and this book is very well-organized and easy to read, making the DSM-IV more understandable and case conceptualization even easier. case examples add to the utility and practicality of this text. "quick guides" and "tips" are additionally helpful with differential diagnostic concerns. a must-have for ANY mental health diagnostician. also a great resource for physicians and other medical practitioners when assessing the probability of a psychological component to a patient's presentation or when considering the need for a referral to a mental health specialist.
34 of 35 found the following review helpful:
AWESOME BOOK!!!Mar 12, 2005
This is an AWESOME book. The case vignettes are extremely helpful, and the book is written so that it is easy to read. I HATE "textbook" type books, and this book isn't like that at all. It really does help to clarify some of the diagnoses in the DSM, which can be quite confusing even when someone has used the manual for years. I've used this book a lot already, even though I've only had it about a month. It's helped me tease apart some details and observations to make what I think are more accurate diagnoses with some of my clients. Purchase this book and you will NOT be sorry!!
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