The Dsm More Useful And Understanding

948 WordsSep 9, 20154 Pages
While reading over the introduction to the DSM-5 I was impressed. I have never looked at any DSM or really any mental health disorders thus far in my studies. I was mostly impressed with the strive to continue making the DSM more useful and understanding. Some things that are in the introduction to the DSM-5 that caught my attention was that the Task Force was very involved in trying to find a balance between the different disorders without confusing them together (p. 5). Another point that I found important was that the overall goal for the DSM-5 was “the degree to which two clinicians could independently arrive at the same diagnosis for a given patient” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 7). This is a strong reasoning to improve the DSM and I am actually stocked that it took this long to change things because Robert Spritzer (a psychiatrist of the twentieth century who became have a strong part in developing the DSM-III and the DSM-IIIR), back in 1974 noticed the central issue being the problem of diagnosis and psychiatrists not being able to agree on the same disorders (Spiegel, 2005). When it comes to social work, evidence-based treatment is a very popular form of therapy. The DSM-5 focuses on evidence-based treatment as well with “developing a comprehensive treatment plan that is informed by the individual’s culture and social context” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 19). I believe that the DSM-5 is an asset to trained social work clinicians to
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