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Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification

Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification

Mario Maj (Editor), Wolfgang Gaebel (Editor), Juan José López-Ibor (Editor), Norman Sartorius (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-84647-6

Apr 2002

308 pages


This book provides an overview of the strengths and limitations of the currently available systems for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, in particular the DSM-IV and the ICD-10, and of the prospects for future developments.

Among the covered issues are:
* The impact of biological research
* The diagnosis of mental disorders in primary care
* The usefulness and limitations of the concept of comorbidity in psychiatry
* The role of understanding and empathy in the diagnostic process
* The ethical, legal and social aspects of psychiatric classification
Psychiatric Diagnosis & Classification provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of available diagnostic and classificatory systems in psychiatry and the improvements that are needed.
List of Contributors.


Criteria for Assessing a Classification in Psychiatry (Assen Jablensky and Robert E. Kendall).

International Classifications and the Diagnosis of Mental Disorders: Strengths, Limitations and Future Perspectives (T Bedirhan Ustun, Somnath Chatterji and Gavin Andrews).

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Classification of Mental Disorders: Strengths, Limitations and Future Perspectives (Darrel A. Regier, Michael First, Tina Marshall and William E. Narrow).

Implications of Comorbidity for the Classification of Mental Disorders: The Need for a Psychobiology of Coherence (C. Robert Cloninger).

Evolutionary Theory, Culture and Psychiatric Diagnosis (Horacia Fabrega Jr).

The Role of Phenomenology in Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification (Josef Parnas and Dan Zahavi).

Multiaxial Diagnosis in Psychiatry (Juan E. Mezzich, Aleksandar Janca and Marianne C. Kastrup).

Clinical Assessment Instruments in Psychiatry (Charles B. Pull, Jean-Marc Cloos and Marie-Claire Pull-Erpelding).

Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification in Primary Care (David Goldberg, Greg Simon and Gavin Andrews).

Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification in Developing Countries (R. Srinivasa Murthy and Narendra N. Wig).


"I would recommend this book to anyone practicing in the mental health field and to consumers in mental health." (Metapsychology Online Review, June 2002)

"some useful background to the contemporary debate..." (Human Nature Review, Vol.2 2002)

" excellent reflection on psychiatric diagnosis and classification..." (Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, Vol.71, No.6, 2002)