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Definition: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) is currently in its fourth edition. This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is revised from time-to-time.  The DSM-IV is the official set of diagnostic criteria for mental disorders in the United States.  The categories generally correspond to the international categories used in the International Classification of Disease published by the World Health Organization.  

Also Known As: DSM-III-R (a previous edition), DSM-III (even older)

Alternate Spellings: DSM4, DSM-4, DSMIV, DSM3R, DSM-3-R

Common Misspellings: DMS-IV, DMS-III-R,

Related Resources:

Psychiatry Resources
For psychiatrists and others interested in mental health from a medical point-of-view.

The Surgeon General Comments
on the diagnosis of mental illness

Elsewhere on the Web:

Look Up Your Diagnosis by Number
If you know the number, look up what it means - courtesy of Bob Hsuing, M.D.

Look up any Diagnosis by Name
Dr. Bob also provides this resource.

Order Your Own Copy
from the DSM-IV Library at American Psychiatric Press


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