Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a guidebook used by health care specialists in the United States to diagnose mental disorders. DSM incorporates numerous disorders and their description, symptoms, and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM was recently revised to better characterize symptoms and behaviors of groups of people who are currently seeking clinical help but whose symptoms are not well defined by DSM-IV. For example, the first category of disorders it mentions are Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Neurodevelopmental Disorders are the deterioration of the growth and development of the brain and central nervous system. It is a group of conditions with an outbreak in the developmental system. These disorders usually begin early in development about when a child starts grade school and are recognized when the child lacks personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning. The spectrum of developmental deficits differ from very distinguishing limitations of acquiring information or restraining of manageable activities to overall impairments of social skill and intellect. All disorders are distinctive in their own way. For some Neurodevelopmental Disorders, they have an excess of symptoms while having deficits in others. For example, for those who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, usually have deficits in social interaction/communication and their restricted and repetitive practice while having an excess of
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