Using DSM-IV

Using DSM-IV : A Clinician's Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis

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DSM-IV is here, and mental health professionals-whether they applaud its rigor or decry its rigidity-will have to know how to use it. Like its predecessor, DSM-III, DSM-IV is empirically based and atheoretical. The psychodynamics of mental disorders and their etiologies are not considered. Its principal advantage is that it provides a reliable system of diagnosis. Its principal flaw is that it can lead the clinician to focus too exclusively on categorizing symptom clusters rather then on empathically understanding the person who is suffering the symptoms. In Using DSM-IV: A Clinician's Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis, LaBruzza and Mendez-Villarrubia offer the needed supplement to the DSM-IV. Their book, a veritable road map for DSM-IV, explains the technical language and hierarchical classifications of DSM-IV while it demonstrates how the system can be adapted to a clinical approach.
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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 703.06g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • Softcover
  • 0765700530
  • 9780765700537

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This book will be welcomed by many with both gratitude and relief: an engaging, thoughtful, moral, and humanistically responsible guide to the DSM-IV. This erudite and thoroughly readable work should be used generously as an indispensable and required text for psychopathology courses in all training institutions for mental health professionals. The explicit focus on issues of diversity in culture, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation is not only laudable for its presence, but for its clarity of exposition. -- Theodore J. Ellenhorn, Ph.D, Antioch New England Graduate School LaBruzza and Mendez-Villarrubia have written a highly readable companion book to DSM-IV. The unique chapter dealing with mental illness in Hispanic cultures is particularly informative. This volume will be very useful for a wide range of mental health professionals. -- Malcolm B. Bowers, Jr., M.D., Yale University School of Medicine Dr. LaBruzza goes beyond making DSM-IV user friendly. He brings a descriptive manual to life by placing it in the context of the broad scope of Western thought about the form and nature of mental illness. -- Peter Kramer, M.D., author of Listening to Prozac A real lodestar for mental health professionals that explains the whys, wheres, and whens of our latest diagnostic bible and its development. This book, less than half the size of the DSM-IV, is a gem of information and erudition that should be within reach of any colleague involved in patient evaluation. -- Stephen Fleck, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
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About Anthony Labruzza

Anthony L. LaBruzza, M.D., a psychiatrist, is chief of medicine and medical director of the Community Services Division at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Jose M. Mendez-Villarrubia, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. He is currently on the clinical staff at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center.
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