A proper psychiatric diagnosis requires the ability to elicit information, identify symptoms, and recognize behavioral patterns. Dr Michael First, author of DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, summarizes key points in this brief video.
Dr Michael First, author of DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, summarizes his book in this brief video.
An expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, Dr First is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York.
He is a speaker at a preconference program for this year's PsychCongress. In this program, he focuses on the publication of DSM-5, for which he is Editorial and Coding Consultant, and he will give an overview of proper use of the manual. He will also discuss issues related to ICD-9 and ICD-10-CM coding, as well as the 6-step differential diagnosis framework from his book.
Published by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., the DSM-5 Handbook offers a framework for diagnosing patients, as described on the APPI Web site, below.
The handbook offers an assortment of approaches to differential diagnosis, and a number of features designed to benefit clinicians in the exam room, including: