The New DSM 5: Highlights of Changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM-5 (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published in May, 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association, replacing the previous manual, the DSM-IV-TR.  This course seeks to highlight significant changes between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM-5.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Course Reading:  Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5.

Publisher:  American Psychiatric Publishing

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Program Objectives:  Identify the four previously separate disorders that are now included in the DSM-5’s Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Describe the new diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.  Identify reasons why the bereavement exclusion is now omitted from the DSM-5.  Describe the new diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

Learning Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key changes between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM-5.

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1: In the DSM-5, which term replaces the term "mental retardation?"
2: In the DSM-5, which disorder is characterized by 1) deficits in social communication and social interaction and 2) restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities?
3: In the DSM-5, at least one of three core 'positive symptoms' is necessary for a reliable diagnosis of schizophrenia.  The three core symptoms are
4: In the DSM-5, Criterion A for delusional disorder requires
5: To address concerns about potential overdiagnosis and overtreatment of bipolar disorder in children, a new diagnosis, ______________, is included for children up to age 18 years who exhibit persistent irritability and frequent episodes of extreme behavioral dyscontrol.
6: In the DSM-5, the bereavement exclusion applies to depressive symptoms lasting less than
7: In the DSM-5, obsessive compulsive disorder is included with ______________.
8: In the DSM-5, criteria for agoraphobia, specific phobia, and social anxiety disorders require that individuals over age 18 years recognize that their anxiety is excessive or unreasonable.
9: The DSM-5 chapter on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders includes all of the following new disorders except:
10: In the DMS-5, hoarding is a ___________.
11: In the DSM-5, Criterion A for acute stress disorder requires being explicit as to
12: In the DSM-5 criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, separate criteria have been added for children age ___________ or younger.
13: In the DSM-5, somatic symptom disorder requires
14: Which criteria has been eliminated in the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa?
15: The DSM-5 criteria for bulimia nervosa reduces the required minimum average frequency of binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behavior frequency to __________.
16: DSM-5 criteria for sleep disorders reconceptualizes sleep disorders
17: All of the DSM-5 sexual dysfunctions (except substance-/medication-induced sexual dysfunction) now require a minimum duration of approximately
18: Gender dysphoria is a new diagnostic class in DMS-5 and reflects a change in conceptualization of the disorder's defining features by emphasizing
19: For gender dysphoria in children, Criterion A1 includes which of the following?
20: The chapter on disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders is new to the DSM-5 and includes all of the following except:
21: In the DSM-5, symptoms for oppositional defiant disorder are now grouped into three types, including all of the following except
22: The DSM-5's intermittent explosive disorder now requires a minimum age of ________________ (or the equivalent developmental level.)
23: In the DSM-5, gambling disorder is included in the
24: The DSM-5 chapter on substance-related and addictive disorders provides criteria for
25: Section III of the DSM-5 contains an alternative approach to the diagnosis of

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