Diagnosis Made Easier, First Edition: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians

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Guilford Press, Jul 21, 2006 - Psychology - 316 pages
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This authoritative, user-friendly book offers a complete introduction to the art and science of mental health diagnosis. Meeting a key need for students and novice clinicians, James Morrison, the author of the bestselling DSM-IV Made Easy, systematically takes the reader through every step of the process. He provides clear-cut principles and decision trees for evaluating information from a variety of sources and for constructing a valid working diagnosis that serves as a foundation for treatment. Special features include quick-reference tables, sidebars explaining key concepts, and over 100 case examples that bring the approach to life.

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The Road to Diagnosis
The Diagnostic Method
Putting It Together
Coping with Uncertainty
Multiple Diagnoses
Checking Up
Understanding the Whole Patient
Physical Illness and Mental Diagnosis
Diagnosis and the Mental Status Examination
Applying the Diagnostic Techniques
Diagnosing Personality and Relationship Problems
Compliance Suicide Violence
Diagnostic Principles

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About the author (2006)

James Morrison, MD, earned his BA at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and obtained his medical degree and psychiatric training at Washington University in St. Louis. With an extensive work history in both the private and public sectors, he is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Morrison?s other books for professionals include The First Interview, DSM-IV Made Easy, When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, and Interviewing Children and Adolescents. He is also the author of Straight Talk about Your Mental Health, a comprehensive guide for consumers.

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