The Diagnostic Statistical Manual For Mental Health

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The Diagnostic Statistical Manual is an extremely important asset to the mental health field. The DSM was created to assist clinicians in diagnosing and recognizing mental illness in their clients. It has been used for over six decades and there are a total of five editions. Each edition has some updated and new information that wasn’t included in the last edition. The reason for the changes in the DSM is because the mental health field is always evolving. There’s new information that’s discovered from research and is implemented into the next DSM. All mental health clinicians have the common goal of providing treatment to their clients in the best and most effect way possible. Homosexuality was once labeled a mental illness in the DSM, but in a later edition it was removed from the DSM. In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This culminated 12 years of work with the stated goal of “enhancing the clinical usefulness of DSM-5 as a guide in the diagnosis of mental disorders” (APA, 2013, p. 5). The latest edition of the DSM is DSM-5 it represents some of the most current information on clinical psychology. Clinicians all over the world use the same DSM and that’s important for whole host of reasons. Some reason are to ensure that everyone is getting the best treatment possible and to make sure clinicians are following a guideline to diagnose people and not just

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