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DSM-5 Basics


This section provides a basic orientation to the purpose, structure, content, and use of DSM-5. The Introduction begins with a description of the DSM-5 and DSM-5-TR revision processes, followed by an overview of the DSM-5 organizational structure (e.g., regrouping of disorders, harmonization with ICD-11) and key conceptual issues, such as the definition of a mental disorder, categorical and dimensional approaches to diagnosis, cultural and social structural issues, and sex and gender differences. Use of the Manual features information to facilitate the use of DSM-5, such as a brief overview of the diagnostic process, use of subtypes and specifiers, other specified and unspecified mental disorder categories, use of clinical judgment, coding and recording procedures, notes about terminology, descriptions of the types of information in the DSM-5-TR text, and online enhancements. The section concludes with a Cautionary Statement for Forensic Use of DSM-5.

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