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Topic 4 DQ 1Explain how theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual(DSM) serves as a tool supporting clinicalassessment and decision-making. Why is it necessary to use theDSMwhen working with clients? Is itan effective tool? Why or why not? What are the consequences for using this tool incorrectly and givinga faulty diagnosis?The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is an essential tool for assessing and diagnosing mentaldisorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA, 2013), the main purpose of the DSMis to assist train clinicians in diagnosing their patients’ mental disorders as part of an assessment thatleads to a fully informed treatment plan for the individual. The DSM provides classifications for eachmental disorders, diagnostic criteria sets, and descriptive texts to aid in the assessment process.Utilizing this tool can be beneficial to numerous health care related settings as well as in the legal field.
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