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Unformatted text preview: DSM-IV . The DSM-IV uses a multi-axial system of classification, which means that diagnoses are made on several different axes or dimensions. The DSM has five axes: 1. Axis I records the patient’s primary diagnosis. 2. Axis II records long-standing personality problems or mental retardation. 3. Axis III records any medical conditions that might affect the patient psychologically. 4. Axis IV records any significant psychosocial or environmental problems experienced by the patient. 5. Axis V records an assessment of the patient’s level of functioning. Psychologists and Psychiatrists People sometimes use the words psychologist and psychiatrist interchangeably, but they are not the same. Psychologist is a broad term that refers to anyone with advanced training in psychology who conducts psychological testing, research, or therapy. A psychiatrist has a medical degree and treats patients with mental and emotional disorders. A psychiatrist can also prescribe medication....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
- Winter '09