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Q: explain the key strengths and limitations of the psychiatric classification system
A: Strengths of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders include that it provides a well designed standard, and comprehensive diagnostic tool for clinicians and researchers. [ It allows physicians to look at the complete psychological make-up of a person. DSM due to the way it is designed is applicable in a wide range of contexts and can be utilized by people in various
orientations (American Psychiatric Association, 2003). It categorizes diagnostic information in a systematic manner by grouping individuals. This enables psychiatrists to diagnose extremely disturbed individuals based on similarities of behavior easily and concisely (Atkinson, Atkinson, Smith, Bem, & Nolen-Hoeksema, 1996). Clinicians and researchers can use the DSM manual easily and effectively. The DSM also hopes to achieve a greater consensus without having to make assumptions about the suspected causes of disorders (Gray, 2002). To do this, recent versions of the DSM have strived to increase their reliability (Gray, 2002). This was done by formulating new categories, which are more in depth and ask appropriate questions. DSM-IV has a broad list of categories as well as symptoms that indicate what must and must not be present for the appropriate disorder to be diagnosed (Atkinson, Atkinson, Smith, Bem, & ]
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