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The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 (R) Diagnostic Exam Paperback – 8 May 2013
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Designed for interviewers at all levels of experience, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5® Diagnostic Exam is the clinician's companion for using DSM-5® in diagnostic interviews. Beginning with an introduction to the diagnostic interview, the Pocket Guide addresses the goals of the interview, provides an efficient structure for learning how to conduct one, reviews the screening questions, and then explains the ways in which DSM-5®, with its updated approaches to diagnosis and classification, impacts the interview going forward. Significant revisions from DSM-IV-TR® to DSM-5® are reviewed. The final chapter, the core of the guide, walks the reader through a complete diagnostic exam that includes the follow-up questions for each of the DSM-5® disorder classes.
The book is useful for beginners learning the format and flow of the diagnostic interview and for seasoned clinicians conducting an interview consistent with the significant revisions reflected in DSM-5®. Not intended to replace DSM-5® itself or psychiatric interview texts, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5® Diagnostic Exam is a pragmatic and concise resource for diagnosing a person in mental distress while establishing a therapeutic relationship.
About the Author
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., is Director of the Denver Health Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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(1) Terrible and useless wording of questions. For example, the manual suggests asking a child with suspected PTSD the question, "Do you repeatedly reenact that experience with your toys or dolls or when playing?" What incompetent clinician would use language like that with a child?!? If Dr. Nissbaum wrote this, shame, shame! My undergraduate students can write better interviewing questions. If you have a copy of this book, read the suggested questions about autism spectrum disorders. Anyone who ever interviewed a real patient would know that the questions are absurd! Presumably, the manual is supposed to help people in their training and learning. This is no way to teach!
(2) As noted above, the formatting is bizarre and useless as well. The symptoms and the questions suggested to elicit information about the symptoms are intermingled. Entire disorders are omitted and instead included as very long paragraphs in the exclusionary criteria for major disorders. For example, the criteria for body dysmorphic disorder are all clumped together in a horrible long paragraph, in a single run-on sentence, in a tiny font, as a footnote to OCD. What a mess!
(3) The visual acuity of the consumers of this manual must be extraordinary. The text is too small for anyone over the age of 35, and the choice of font type is horrible.
Full disclosure: I was extremely fortunate to have Dr. Nussbaum as my attending during my psychiatry rotation! So, I not only had his book, I also had the good fortune to sit next to him on many occasions while he interviewed patients using the same questions (from memory, of course). Despite my bias, I still think this is an extraordinarily useful tool for anyone other than psychiatrists who interviews patients who have or may have mental health conditions. (In fact, I think that even psychiatrists would find it very useful.)
However, I was very sad to discover that the copy I bought from a third-party seller here (and fulfilled by Amazon!) turned out to be an illegal pirated copy of the book. I reported this to Amazon, so hopefully they will stop that from occurring in the future since it's illegal (and worse than that, it's unethical). It's an exact copy of the original book, even including the copyright page, but the quality of the printing is photocopy quality, with extraneous marks on pages and also pages with faded text. If you decide to buy this book, I would encourage you to insist on a legal copy, which is also higher quality.