Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders Essay

947 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Before we can begin to determine the advantages and disadvantages of diagnosis, we must first understand what is needed to make a diagnosis. In order to make the diagnosis, several elements are taken into consideration. The information gained from the clinical interview, any tests and the clinician’s observations of the individual are compiled together to determine whether the individual’s psychological symptoms match a known disorder (Comer, 2014). In addition, clinicians should take into consideration an individual’s culture. Focusing on whether or not the individual is an immigrant, cultural factors, and the individual’s acculturation into the dominant culture (Comer, 2014). The following paragraphs will address the possible advantages and disadvantages of diagnosis, the multicultural implications on diagnosis, and my personal position on if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
The advantages of diagnosis and classification
One of the major advantages of diagnosis and classification is the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1883 Emil Kraepelin developed this widely-used classification system and it has been continuously improved upon until the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the DSM-V (Comer, 2014). Each entry in the DSM-V offers criteria and descriptive text that assist the clinicians in their diagnoses. Another advantage of diagnosis and classification is that the…

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