The DSM-5(R) Handbook of Differential Diagnosis is the preeminent guide to differential diagnosis for both clinicians and students learning psychiatric diagnosis. Based closely on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, it offers a rich selection of perspectives in an easy-to-use format. The author, an expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, recognizes that psychological distress cannot be reduced to a rubric. The clinician must have empathy, listening skills, the ability to identify symptoms and contextualize them, and a familiarity with the body of knowledge represented by DSM-5(R). The handbook brings these critical skills together in a well-written, accessible, and reader-friendly volume that is grounded in the latest research and standard of practice. The handbook offers an assortment of approaches to differential diagnosis, and a number of features designed to benefit clinicians in the exam room, including: - A six-step framework for diagnosing patients that proceeds from determining if the symptom is real to establishing the boundary between disorder and normality, with intermediary steps to rule out substance etiology and medical conditions, as well as to determine the primary disorder and to differentiate adjustment disorders from other mental disorders.- Twenty-nine symptom-oriented decision trees that provide detailed decision points to facilitate the process of generating the differential diagnosis based on the presenting symptoms and eliminate formulating premature conclusions.- Sixty-six differential diagnosis tables, one for each of the most important DSM-5(R) disorders, cross-referenced with the terminal branches of the decision trees presented in the handbook to provide a head-to-head comparison of each disorder, highlighting similarities and differences.- The DSM-5(R) classification, to facilitate coding and to provide an overview of all of the DSM-5(R) diagnoses that must be considered in formulating a differential diagnosis.- Alphabetical indexes of the decision trees and differential diagnosis tables to help readers readily locate desired material. DSM-5(R) Handbook of Differential Diagnosis provides a comprehensive overview of the process of diagnosing DSM-5(R) disorders while serving as a reference guide to assist in the differential diagnosis of individual patients. The handbook is an invaluable addition to the DSM-5(R) collection and an important contribution to the mental health profession.
From the front Cover Diagnosing patients requires the ability to elicit information from the patient, identify symptoms and recognize patterns, determine possible causes, and then make an accurate diagnosis. Experienced mental health clinicians recognize that differential diagnosis is an art, as well as a science, and welcome tools to assist them. The DSM-5(R) Handbook of Differential Diagnosis helps clinicians and students learning the process of psychiatric diagnosis improve their skill in formulating a comprehensive differential diagnosis by providing a variety of approaches. These include a six-step diagnostic framework, 29 bottom-up decision trees, and 66 differential diagnosis tables for use once a tentative diagnosis has been made. The handbook includes the DSM-5(R) classification to facilitate coding and to provide an overview of all of the DSM-5(R) diagnoses that must be considered in formulating a differential diagnosis. DSM-5(R) Handbook of Differential Diagnosis offers a solution to differential diagnosis that recognizes the complexity of human personality and the structural utility of the DSM-5(R) classification. Clinicians and students learning psychiatric diagnosis faced with this most crucial task will find this handbook of enormous benefit.