DSM-IV Handbook of Differential Diagnosis

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American Psychiatric Press, 1995 - Psychology - 247 pages
This text aims to provide the reader with a variety of clinical tools to facilitate a comprehensive differential diagnosis. DSM-IV is most easily accessed when looking up information about a particular disorder. This handbook provides a symptom-based perspective on DSM-IV, helping to guide the clinician when faced with the everday task of formulating a differential diagnosis given a particular presenting symptom. This handbook includes a presentation and discussion of the six basic steps in differential diagnosis that must be considered for each and every patient being evaluated. It uses 27 decision trees that indicate which DSM-IV disorders should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the most common presenting symptoms, and that outline the thinking process involved in choosing among them. A symptom index for DSM-IV lists, in a convenient form, those disorders that one should think of when formulating a differential diagnosis given a particular symptom in the patient's presentation. It also includes 62 differential diagnosis tables, each of which provides a head-to-head comparison of a disorder with its differential diagnostic contenders.

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