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Due to this reason, the underlying causes and the covert symptoms of that particular disorder get unnoticed (1).

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The DSM
At the heart of every great mystery lies a solution. Just as a good detective may use specific guidelines to gather evidence for a solution, so too might a good psychologist use set criteria to gather evidence for an accurate solution, or diagnosis. Although detectives focus on who is responsible for the problem, psychologists focus on why and how the problem surfaced. To make an accurate diagnosis, psychologists follow set diagnostic criteria outlined in the DSM. As a classification system for diagnosis, the DSM is important in the field, but current literature highlights the fact that, along with its strengths, limitations exist in it for accuracy in client diagnosis.
For this Discussion, consider the classification system of the DSM. Think about the relative strengths and limitations of this classification system in making a diagnosis.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a brief description of the overall classification system of the DSM in your own words. Then discuss the strengths and limitations of the DSM.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and current literature. POSTED BELOW
https://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425787.x00_Diagnostic_Classification
https://eds.p.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=701cb629-8239-435b-b5d1-ea239ca97ba5%40redis&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPXNoaWImc2l0ZT1lZHMtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=939818&db=nlebk
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 5
Respond by Day 5 to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question.
Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
Offer and support an opinion.
Validate an idea with your own experience.
Make a suggestion.
Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

colleague post: WILLIAM
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard which discusses the classification of mental health disorders. These standards are used by mental health professionals when dealing with clients with mental health disorders. DSM-5 is the most up-to-date criteria which are used by mental health professionals to make the diagnosis of mental disorders. Since DSM is the criteria for identifying mental health disorders, clinicians are provided with a common standard to base their work on and communicate about their patients with other professionals. DSM provides an official list of diagnostic criteria for various mental health disorders. The diagnosis of each disorder is provided with a diagnostic code which is typical for each disorder. These codes help clinicians to make the diagnosis. While using this code, the clinicians’ diagnosis of disorders can be understood to be reliable and valid (1).
Strength of DSM:
The major advantage of DSM includes the following:
DSM being the internationally acclaimed standard for analyzing and diagnosing mental health disorders, the standard contributes towards the development of a common international language to be used to define, discuss and conceptualize a psychiatric disorder. Thus, any linguistic difference that arises from linguistic confusion regarding psychiatric disorders can be avoided.
Since every mental health professional will be using the same criteria to diagnose a disorder in a client, the system thus becomes scientific and not subjective (1).
Disadvantages:
DSM categorizes disorders by symptoms and thus emphasizes the overt symptoms. Due to this reason, the underlying causes and the covert symptoms of that particular disorder get unnoticed (1).

Reference
First MB, Rebello TJ, Keeley JW, Bhargava R, Dai Y, Kulygina M, Matsumoto C, Robles R, Stona AC, Reed GM. Do mental health professionals use diagnostic classifications the way we think they do? A global survey. World Psychiatry. 2018 Jun;17(2):187-95.

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