Essay on Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

751 Words Sep 11th, 2016 4 Pages
From the perspective of a counselor-in-training, my initial impression of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is that it is quite overwhelming. The sheer volume of disorders each offering its own diagnostic fingerprint seems exhausting; however, holding the expertise of hundreds of mental healthcare professionals in a condensed resource born out of 12 years of teamwork is altogether humbling (APA, 2013). Awe aside, this discussion will look at both the perceived advantages and disadvantages as a second year mental health counseling student three weeks into internship.
The primary advantage of the DSM is that it offers a snapshot of where we are diagnostically with mental healthcare disorder identification and understanding. Within this advantage, the ability to flip to a diagnosis of any given patient encountered in practicum or internship and read the diagnostic criteria, associated supporting features, development and course, risk and prognostic factors, culture-related issues, suicide risk, functional consequences, differential diagnosis and comorbidity aids in the student’s exposure to the diagnosis from multiple viewpoints (APA, 2013). In addition, the depth of each diagnosis greatly impacts reality as it pertains to a client. This slows my urgency to offer a diagnosis, or label the disorder until I have thoroughly researched and, in this amateur stage, discussed my research with a supervisor.
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