Psy 270 Appendix G

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Appendix G


The DSM-IV is an important tool for clinicians. It provides a standard for diagnoses to be standardized across psychology; however, the DSM-IV is not as precise for diagnosing personality disorders as some psychologists would like.

Give an example of each of the following problems identified in your readings and explain how these problems could negatively affect a diagnosis.

1. Some criteria used for reaching a diagnosis cannot be observed directly.
  When it comes to patients who are being diagnosed with something it takes some time to figure out what is actually going on. You never want to diagnose someone with something to have another doctor read over your other doctors notes just to say you have something else wrong with you. This is why they feel that this is something which is not going to be able to be able to be reliable. Some people tend to say things which is causing them to have these issues when in reality it is not something so severe.
2. Personality disorders can be similar to each other.
  There are some symptoms which can be similar to one another in which doctors think that they are diagnosing just one disorder rather than the other which causes you to have a misdiagnoses. Sometimes what ends up happening as well is that some people end up having the issue where they are only getting diagnosed for one disorder but due to the fact end up being diagnoses for multiple disorders due to having the same prognosis symptoms.
3. People with different personalities can be given the same diagnosis
  With DSM you have to really pay attention to what it is that is going on the reason being is that so many disorders tend to have some of the same symptoms in which they can not necessarily diagnose just one personality this is where they end up having multiple disorders due to the fact that some of these symptoms end up overlapping what is actually being diagnosed with a patient.
4. Do you...