OpenStax College: Psychology: "Chapter 15, Sections 1-3: What are Psychological Disorders; Diagnosing and Classifying Psychological Disorders; and Perspectives on Psychological Disorders"

Read these three sections, and pay particular attention to the care and sequence in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health needs. Takeaways for you to think about upon completion of this chapter about include:

  • What are the bio/psycho/social implications in the diagnosis and treatment?
  • How might a support system help treat a person living with a major mental illness? 
  • The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013a) generated great anticipation. The release of DSM-5 also presents an opportunity to address the evolution of the DSM with students and how advances in research as well as political and cultural shifts have shaped each subsequent volume. Think about the impact of culture in how we diagnosis major mental illness.