DSM-5® Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis

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James Morrison

  • DSM-5® Made Easy
  • DSM-5® Made Easy
    Master diagnostician James Morrison presents the spectrum of DSM-5 diagnoses in an accessible, engaging, clinically useful format.

662 pages
ISBN: 9781462514427

In this indispensable book, master diagnostician James Morrison presents the spectrum of diagnoses in DSM-5 in an accessible, engaging, clinically useful format.

Demystifying DSM-5 criteria without sacrificing accuracy, the book includes both ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM codes for each disorder. It also includes the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale (from DSM-IV), with a clear rationale for its continued use.

More than 130 detailed case vignettes illustrate typical patient presentations; down-to-earth discussions of each case demonstrate how to arrive at the diagnosis and rule out other likely possibilities.

Providing a wealth of diagnostic pointers, Morrison writes with the wisdom and wit that made his guide to the prior DSM a valued resource for hundreds of thousands of clinicians. His website offers additional discussion and resources related to psychiatric diagnosis and DSM-5.

Table of Contents


  1. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  2. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  3. Mood Disorders
  4. Anxiety Disorders
  5. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  6. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  7. Dissociative Disorders
  8. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  9. Feeding and Eating Disorders
  10. Elimination Disorders
  11. Sleep-Wake Disorders
  12. Sexual Dysfunctions
  13. Gender Dysphoria
  14. Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
  15. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  16. Cognitive Disorders
  17. Personality Disorders
  18. Paraphilic Disorders
  19. Other Factors That May Need Clinical Attention
  20. Patients and Diagnoses

Appendix. Essential Tables and Lists

Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale

Physical Disorders That Affect Mental Diagnosis

Classes (or Names) of Medications That Can Cause Mental Disorders

Frequently Needed Tables

Table 3.3. Descriptors and Specifiers That Can Apply to Mood Disorders

Table 15.1. Symptoms of Substance Intoxication and Withdrawal

Table 15.2. ICD-10-CM Code Numbers for Substance

Intoxication, Substance Withdrawal, Substance Use Disorder, and Substance-Induced Mental Disorders

"This is the book I’ve been waiting for! Thorough and user friendly, DSM-5 Made Easy is a masterpiece of information, advice, and guidance. This comprehensive guidebook offers clinicians a wealth of helpful information. It is the best book of its kind and one that I will be consulting for years to come. Highly recommended."
- Ellen Braaten, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"This informative, comprehensive book offers a well-organized guide for navigating DSM-5. Each chapter features a quick summary of the diagnoses discussed, steps in the diagnostic process, useful tables, and clinical vignettes. Whether used by practicing clinicians or as a supplemental resource in the classroom, the book provides a more manageable approach to the nearly thousand-page DSM-5. It truly lives up to its title."
- Tamara Hodges, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University

"This wonderful book is an excellent resource for practicing clinicians of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Reading DSM-5 Made Easy is like having an insightful colleague to consult on navigating DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM. Concise, thorough and extremely practical, the book is richly illustrated with quick guides, case discussions, and tables. Morrison has succeeded in providing an accessible guide to the often confusing task of diagnosing mental health problems. I will recommend this book to my students."
- Denise D. Davis, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University