Describe how and why clinicians classify psychological disorders.
1) Describe how and why clinicians classify psychological disorders.

2) Describe how the learning and biological perspectives explain anxiety disorders.

3) Define mood disorders, and contrast major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

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1) Describe how and why clinicians classify psychologicaldisorders.

DSM-IV-TR is a current authoritative scheme forclassifying psychological disorders. This volume is theAmerican Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition,updated in 2000 as “text revision.” This classificationscheme assumes the medical model and will be moresubstantially revised as DSM-5, which will appear in2013. DSM diagnoses were developed in coordinationwith the tenth edition of the International Classification ofDiseases (ICD-10); the eleventh edition is expected in2014. Most health insurance policies

in North America require an ICD/DSM diagnosis beforethey will pay for therapy. The DSM describes variousdisorders and has high reliability. For example, twoclinicians who are working independently and applyingthe guidelines are likely to reach the same diagnosis.


 

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