Chapter 17 Lecture 1- lecture 27, class and lecture notes

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Chapter 17- the nature and causes of mental disorders: documenting various disorders, abnormal psyc, classifying mental disorders, there is a wide variety of psychological disorders. Classifying them is a prerequisite to organized diagnosis and treatment: the american psychiatric association"s diagnostic and statistical manual iv (dsm- iv)- tr (text revision) is the most commonly used classification scheme. used to classify mental illnesses: dsm-iv contains 5 axes that are described in the textbook. We are going to focus on disorders contained in axis i and ii: dsm- 4- presently very active research on the system, contribute to the update, a simpler classification, 5 axes. global assessment of functioning (gaf) overall rating of a person"s mental/physical health due to mental disorders. axes i psychological disorders that require clinical attention (alcohol dependence) axes ii personality disorders (anti-social personality disorder) axes iii physical disorders (alcoholic cirrhosis) axes iv severity of stress (divorce, loss of job)

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