1PRO'S AND CONS OF DSMPros and Cons of the DSM DiagnosisLaura GoffSubstance Abuse AssessmentArgosy UniversitNovember 26, 2017ABSTRACTThis paper includes information gathered on the history and the pros and cons of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM). Resources include information gathered on the internet, from the Argosy University library and the American Psychological Association, (APA). As the field of treatment for substance abuse has become ever more precise, so too has the terminology used to describe people with substance use disorders.
2PRO'S AND CONS OF DSMHistory of the DSMOver the past 2000 years there have been many different mental disorder classification systems developed. “Someincluded only a handful of diagnostic categories; others included thousands. Moreover, the various systems for categorizing mental disorders have differed with respect to whether their principal objective was for use in clinical, research, or administrative settings.” (APA, 2017). Dating back to 1840, was the first attempt to record information. In 1921
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