Diagnostic Statistical Manual

Diagnostic Statistical Manual



The DSM is one suchinstrument that psychologists in the case of Professor Smith canrefer so as to discuss his need efficiently. The American PsychiatricAssociations’ DSM provides a distinctive clinical syndrome. The DSMis composed of research from Nomenclature group of a researcher whoserole is to assess critical expectations of the dimensional model. TheDSM provides a dimensional model to psychologists, their ease of use,their significance for usage decision, and other medical functions.

The DSM consist ofstandardized diagnostic labels, symptoms and concepts of mentaldisorder with different theoretical paradigm so that thepsychologists in the case of Professor Smith can maintain theirconceptual framework. More importantly, DSM have shortened standardsets to make it stress-free for medical professions to use them.

However, thediagnostic manual lack reliability and validity. An effectivediagnostic manual that is utilized ineffectively within the clinicalsetting is not likely to maximize its full potential. Besides, theDSM has alterations including deletion and addition of entirediagnoses as well as diagnostic criteria. If the psychologists arenot familiar with the new changes, and terminologies, communicatingprogress to Professor Smith will be challenging. Therefore, it issignificant for Professor Smith to assess the development of medicalutility so as to elucidate if the benefits and disadvantages ofchange outweigh the likely negative consequences. A good diagnosticmanual should be able to conceptualize the mental disordercommunicate information to psychologists communicate information toProfessor Smith and his wife ease as well as acceptable for use bythe psychologists provide effective and appropriate interventionand predict future course of action.


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