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Chapter 2. DSM-5 as a Framework for Psychiatric Diagnosis

Jack Burke, M.D., M.P.H.; Helena Kraemer, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585625031.386965

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In medicine and public health, diagnostic classifications provide a framework for understanding and communicating about clinical conditions. They offer a systematic presentation of diagnostic categories, based on delineation of specific clinical conditions organized into meaningful groups. After examining patients, clinicians specify the diagnoses—that is, state which disorders they believe are present. This complex task demands skill in assessment as well as knowledge of the basis for defining and categorizing mental disorders.

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Validators used for DSM-5

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