Learning DSM-5 (R) by Case Example

First, Michael B.


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  • ISBN: 9781615370160
  • Author: First, Michael B.
  • Publ Date: 2016-12-31
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  • Binding: PaperBack
  • Pages: 487
  • Imprint: AMERICAN PSYC PUB #
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Associati
  • Country of Publication: United States
  • ID - 518022

Table of Contents :

About the AuthorsIntroductionAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. Neurodevelopmental DisordersChapter 2. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic DisordersChapter 3. Bipolar and Related DisordersChapter 4. Depressive DisordersChapter 5. Anxiety DisordersChapter 6. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related DisordersChapter 7. Trauma- and Stressor-Related DisordersChapter 8. Dissociative DisordersChapter 9. Somatic Symptom and Related DisordersChapter 10. Feeding and Eating DisordersChapter 11. Elimination DisordersChapter 12. Sleep-Wake DisordersChapter 13. Sexual DysfunctionsChapter 14. Gender DysphoriaChapter 15. Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct DisordersChapter 16. Substance-Related and Addictive DisordersChapter 17. Neurocognitive DisordersChapter 18. Personality DisordersChapter 19. Paraphilic DisordersAlphabetical Index of Case NamesAlphabetical Index of Diagnoses and Related CasesIndex


With at least one case presentation for each of the mental disorders catalogued in DSM-5 -- and multiple cases for nearly half of the disorders -- Learning DSM-5 (R) by Case Example has been meticulously designed to aid practitioners and students of all levels in psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and psychiatric nursing develop internalized prototypes of DSM-5 disorders by first describing each disorder in relatable terms and subsequently illustrating how these symptom constellations manifest in real-life settings using clinical case material.

The nearly 200 cases featured in this guide are drawn from the clinical experience of well over 100 clinicians, many of whom are well-known experts in particular areas of diagnosis and treatment. Sensitive to the fact that one of the hallmarks of mental disorders is the wide range of presentations that are encountered in a real-world setting, many of the disorders described include multiple cases that vary in symptom presentation, gender, age, clinical course, associated impairment in psychosocial functioning, and developmental factors, thus giving readers an appreciation for the heterogeneity typical of these disorders. Each case is complemented by a discussion that elaborates the ways in which the case conforms to the DSM-5 prototype or highlights those features of the case that illustrate the heterogeneity.

With definitions of potentially unfamiliar medical and psychiatric terms, Learning DSM-5 (R) by Case Example is an accessible resource for readers of all disciplines. And because it guides the reader through the organizational structure of DSM-5, it is also an ideal reference for courses on psychopathology or abnormal psychology.


Nothing brings a construct better to life than a vivid example, and this text explodes with wonderfully instructive illustrations of DSM-5 disorders. This text will provide outstanding supplemental reading for courses across the mental health professions. -Thomas A. Widiger, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky For the newcomer to mental disorder classification, and even for seasoned clinicians, DSM-5 can seem daunting in its complexity and depth. Fortunately, Drs. First, Skodol, Williams, and Spitzer have provided a marvelously rich compendium of case material that helps the detailed criteria on the pages of DSM-5 come alive. -Robert F. Krueger Ph.D., Hathaway Distinguished Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota In this superb casebook, diagnostic categories jump off the page in the context of brief but vivid descriptions of real patients. Continuing and improving on the strong tradition of previous editions of this casebook, various case studies are provided illustrating the different ways in which patients might meet criteria for one DSM-5 disorder or another, and unlike previous editions, the case examples align very closely with each chapter in DSM-5. Everyone teaching or learning about psychopathology would benefit from this excellent resource. -David H. Barlow Ph.D., ABPP, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry,, Boston University, Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders I cannot imagine how new students could get an understanding of our diagnostic system without this book. Truly a must read for teachers, students, and practitioners of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, occupational and physical therapy, and others who interact with persons suffering from mental disorders. -A. John Rush, Professor Emeritus, Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School

Author Biography:

Michael B. First, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Research Psychiatrist, Division of Clinical Phenomenology, at New York State Psychiatric Institute, in New York, New York. Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., is Research Professor of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. Janet B. W. Williams, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry and Neurology) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Research Scientist and Deputy Chief of the Biometrics Research Department (Retired) at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York; she is also Senior Vice President of Global Science at MedAvante, Inc., in Hamilton, New Jersey. Robert L. Spitzer, M.D., was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Research Scientist and Chief of the Biometrics Research Department (Retired) at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York. Dr. Spitzer passed away on December 25, 2015.


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