Essay about The Classification Of Mental Disorders

771 Words May 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Category The DSM IV is the standard classification of mental disorders. It is used for Major Depression, as well as any other disorder, some of the numbers are different to those who are diagnosed with this illness. The first three digits are always 296 for Depression. The fourth digit is either 2, if there is only one Major Depressive incident, or it can be a 3. It is only 3 if there are recurring Major Depressive incidents. The fifth digit specifies the spite of the current Major Depressive incident. 1 for Mild severity. 2 for Moderate severity. 3 for Severe Without Psychotic Features. 4 for Severe With Psychotic Features. If full criteria are not currently met for a Depressive incident, the fifth number indicates the most recent medical status of the Major Depressive Disorder as follows: 5 for In Partial Remission, 6 for In Full Remission. If the current severity or clinical status is unspecified, the fifth digit is 0.
Statistics says that “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.” It is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Almost half of those that are identified with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. According to, “From 2008 to 2010, more than 8 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 reported a major depressive episode in the…

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