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Class 3 diagnosing - Diagnosing Mental Illness What is a...

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Diagnosing Mental Illness
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What is a psychiatric diagnosis? The DSM-IV (APA, 1994) defines Mental Disorder as: a clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual and that is associated with present distress or disability, or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom. The pattern must not be within the bound of an expectable and culturally sanctioned response to a specific event. A conflict between a person’s behavior and their culture is not considered mental disorders unless the conflict originates through a dysfunction in the individual.
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with this definition? Difficult to use one term to describe such a broad range of disorders Discussing individuals who are all different – hard to generalize one definition to all individuals across all situations. The DSM is structured through identifying specific symptoms that make up a particular disorder or syndrome. Causes may come from biochemical dysfunction, social
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2008 for the course PSYCH 212 taught by Professor Mann during the Spring '08 term at Skidmore.

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