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Diagnosing More Dimensionally with DSM-5

Darrel Regier on How DSM-5 Allows for Better Client Characterizations

As therapists, we’re well aware that our clients in psychological distress rarely—if ever—fit neatly into the strict confines of DSM disorders. Despite this, the economic realities of managed care and the underlying usefulness of a diagnostic framework have deepened our reliance on the DSM system, including the highly criticized DSM-5.

Darrel Regier—vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force—argues that the DSM-5 is actually more equipped than previous versions to reflect the many dimensions of clients’ presenting problems. A prime example of this is the reworking of major depressive disorder.

In this clip from his session in our Networker Webcast series The Uproar Over DSM-5, Darrel talks about how major depressive disorder was defined in the past, and how a new specifier in DSM-5 will allow clinicians to better characterize clients who exhibit symptoms for both depression and anxiety.

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