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DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis

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Accessibly written and easy to use, this comprehensive book covers everything professionals and students need to know about DSM-IV-TR. Following the same format as DSM-IV, the text presents every diagnosis. For each it includes case examples, a detailed analysis of each case, and a clear explanation of how to arrive at the diagnosis and how to rule out other possibilities.

This course is based on the book, DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis created by James Morrison, M.D.


The Guilford Press

Publication Date:

1995/Hardcover edition (Updated to reflect DSM-IV-TR)

Course Material Author

James Morrison, M.D.
James Morrison, MD, earned his BA at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and obtained his medical degree and psychiatric training at Washington University in St. Louis. With an extensive work history in both the private and public sectors, he is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Morrison is the author, most recently, of _Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians_. His other publications include _The First Interview_, _When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders_, _Interviewing Children and Adolescents_ (with Thomas F. Anders), and _Straight Talk About Your Mental Health_, a guide for consumers.

James Morrison, M.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

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Recommended For:

This course will be valued by psychiatrists, residents, psychologists, marriage and family counselors, social workers, and anyone who needs to know about the DSM-IV-TR. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge, but is essential for mental health practitioners studying for their licensing exams.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to real live patients.
  2. Explain the use of the DSM-IV multiaxial classification system.
  3. Define a "mental disorder".
  4. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the cognitive disorders.
  5. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the mental disorders due to general medical conditions and the substance-related disorders.
  6. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the psychotic disorders.
  7. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the mood and anxiety disorders.
  8. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the somatoform and factitious disorders.
  9. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the dissociative disorders.
  10. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the sexual and gender identity disorders.
  11. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the eating and sleep disorders.
  12. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the impulse control disorders.
  13. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the adjustment disorders.
  14. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the personality disorders.
  15. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence.
  16. Explain the use of V-codes to identify other factors that may need clinical attention.
  17. List and explain the procedure for making a diagnosis in the real world (i.e., applying DSM-IV criteria to real patients).


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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems, LLC is an independent provider of continuing medical education. CE Learning Systems, LLC has no proprietary or financial interest in medical or healthcare products over which the FDA (USA) or EMA (EU) has regulatory authority.

In accordance with our disclosure policies, CE Learning Systems, LLC is committed to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor for all accredited continuing education. These policies include assigning relevance to, and mitigating, all perceived or real conflicts of interest between any individual with control over the content and any ineligible company (commercial interest).

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  2. any investigational, off-label, or non-FDA approved content or discussion

CE Learning Systems, LLC has reviewed these disclosures, assigned relevance based on the relationship and scope of content, and identified those with the potential to compromise the goals and educational integrity of the education. Relevant relationships, or lack thereof, are shared with the learner.

Education has been independently peer-reviewed to validate content, mitigate identified conflicts of interest, and ensure:

  1. All recommendations involving clinical medicine is based on evidence that is accepted within the medical profession as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  2. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in accredited continuing education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
  3. Content is appropriate, fair and balanced, unbiased, referenced, and non-promotional.

The planners have reported the following: There are no relevant disclosures.

Course Material Author

The authors have disclosed any disclosures within the material.

Course Creator: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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