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The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5® Diagnostic Exam

Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-466-9
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Designed for interviewers at all levels of experience, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam is the clinician's companion for using DSM-5 in diagnostic interviews. Both experienced clinicians and those still in training will benefit from the thoughtful, yet practical, fashion in which DSM-5 revisions are reviewed and incorporated into the 30-minute diagnostic interview.

This guide is written for all levels of experience, since every clinician needs to master both DSM-5 criteria and how to conduct a fruitful diagnostic interview. The book:

  • Provides insight into the process of establishing a therapeutic alliance, which remains the goal of any psychiatric encounter, even one as brief as the diagnostic interview.
  • Offers an extensive set of appendixes with resources to enhance understanding. These include a brief, easy-to-use summary of DSM-5 disorders; a stepwise approach to differential diagnosis; the Mental Status Examination and a psychiatric glossary; the ABPN Clinical Skills Evaluation; DSM-5-related diagnostic tools and scales; and coverage of alternative diagnostic systems and rating scales.
  • Provides a sequential framework for generating a differential diagnosis, using a six-step approach, that will help clinicians develop their clinical decision-making skills and ensure that they take into account the many and interrelated causes of mental disorders.

Direct, practical, and informative, The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam will enable readers to efficiently and effectively employ DSM-5 as part of a comprehensive diagnostic interview.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to the Diagnostic Interview
  • Chapter 2. Alliance Building During a Diagnostic Interview
  • Chapter 3. The 30-Minute Diagnostic Interview
  • Chapter 4. Adventures in Dimensions
  • Chapter 5. Key Changes in DSM-5
  • Chapter 6. The DSM-5 Diagnostic Interview
  • Chapter 7. A Brief Version of DSM-5
  • Chapter 8. A Stepwise Approach to Differential Diagnosis
  • Chapter 9. The Mental Status Examination: A Psychiatric Glossary
  • Chapter 10. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Clinical Skills Evaluation
  • Chapter 11. Selected DSM-5 Assessment Measures
  • Chapter 12. Dimensional Diagnosis of Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Alternative Diagnostic Systems and Rating Scales
  • References
  • Index

About the Authors

Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., is Director of the Denver Health Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

This slim volume is packed with a large amount of practical information and is an excellent resource for those wishing to have a better understanding of how DSM-5 can best be used in a clinical setting. The trainee will find it a useful and pragmatic text. The experienced clinician will benefit from the helpful suggestions for an efficient and effective initial interview. Both novice and expert clinicians alike will find value in all parts of this book, which will be a worthwhile addition to any reference library.—Michael D. Jibson & Lisa S. Seyfried, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Academic Psychiatry, 08/25/2016

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