Term: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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Last Updated: 2013-06-05


This manual, published by the American Psychiatric Association, provides a standard classification of all mental health disorders to aid in their diagnosis and treatment. It consists of three major components: the diagnostic classification, the diagnostic criteria sets, and the descriptions.

Source: American Psychological Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). http://www.psych.org/practice/dsm - accessed November 5, 2009.

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