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Study Guide to DSM-5®

Edited by Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., and Alan K. Louie, M.D.

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The Study Guide to DSM-5 is an indispensable instructional supplement to DSM-5 to help teachers and students of psychiatry, psychology, social work, medical schools, and residency programs understand and apply diagnostic criteria and key clinical concepts through a variety of learning tools. The Study Guide can stand alone as a training supplement to DSM-5 or be paired with DSM-5 Clinical Cases as comprehensive instruction for understanding and applying DSM-5.

The Study Guide possesses a multitude of features that will benefit both learner and instructor:

  • Foundational concepts of diagnosis are amplified with case vignettes, discussion questions, and recommended reading to enrich knowledge and practice.
  • Content and features are consistent across the chapters for diagnostic classes. These chapters include an introduction, diagnostic pearls, summary discussion, and self-assessment questions and answers. In-depth discussions of key diagnoses within each class cover approach to the diagnosis, getting the history, diagnostic tips, clinical vignettes, and differential diagnosis.
  • Key clinical vignettes exemplify diagnostic criteria while reflecting the complexity of real-life scenarios. In addition, examples are offered to help readers appreciate diagnostic variations and ambiguities.
  • Discussion points and questions for self-assessment are provided for each diagnostic class throughout the guide, allowing readers to test their understanding of DSM-5 and helping teachers to focus on the most critical issues.
  • A special section dedicated to an overview of diagnostic questions that cover material across the Study Guide and DSM-5 provides additional testing of knowledge, along with an answer key.

Engagingly written, the Study Guide to DSM-5 introduces learners to DSM-5 and provides them with the tools they need to fully understand and deftly apply DSM-5 concepts and criteria.


  • Introduction
  • Part I: Foundations
  • Chapter 1. Diagnosis and DSM-5
  • Chapter 2. Arriving at a diagnosis: the role of the clinical interview
  • Chapter 3. Understanding different approaches to diagnostic classification
  • Part II: DSM-5 Diagnostic Classes
  • Chapter 4. Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Chapter 5. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Chapter 6. Bipolar and related disorders
  • Chapter 7. Depressive disorders
  • Chapter 8. Anxiety disorders
  • Chapter 9. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Chapter 10. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders
  • Chapter 11. Dissociative disorders
  • Chapter 12. Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Chapter 13. Feeding and eating disorders
  • Chapter 14. Elimination disorders
  • Chapter 15. Sleep-wake disorders
  • Chapter 16. Sexual dysfunctions
  • Chapter 17. Gender dysphoria
  • Chapter 18. Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders
  • Chapter 19. Substance-related and addictive disorders
  • Chapter 20. Neurocognitive disorders
  • Chapter 21. Personality disorders
  • Chapter 22. Paraphilic disorders
  • Part III: Test Yourself
  • Chapter 23. Questions and answers
  • Index


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    Bruce A. Arnow, Ph.D.
    Sepideh N. Bajestan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Richard Balon, M.D.
    Cara Bohon, Ph.D.
    Kimberly L. Brodsky, Ph.D.
    John H. Coverdale, M.D., M.Ed.
    Whitney Daniels, M.D.
    Jennifer Derenne, M.D.
    Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
    M. Rameen Ghorieshi, M.D., M.P.H.
    Cheryl Gore-Felton, Ph.D.
    Carlos C. Greaves, M.D.
    Thomas W. Heinrich, M.D.
    Robert M. Holaway, Ph.D.
    David S. Hong, M.D.
    Honor Hsin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Terence A. Ketter, M.D.
    Cheryl Koopman, Ph.D.
    John Lauriello, M.D.
    Alan K. Louie, M.D.
    Daniel Mason, M.D.
    Shefali Miller, M.D.
    Ruth O'Hara, Ph.D.
    Maurice M. Ohayon, M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D.
    Michael J. Ostacher, M.D., M.P.H., M.M.Sc.
    Yasmin Owusu, M.D.
    Michelle Primeau, M.D.
    Tahir Rahman, M.D.
    Daryn Reicherter, M.D.
    Margaret Reynolds-May, M.D.
    Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A.
    Allyson C. Rosen, Ph.D.
    Ann C. Schwartz, M.D.
    Yelizaveta I. Sher, M.D.
    Daphne Simeon, M.D.
    David Spiegel, M.D.
    Hans Steiner, M.D.
    Mickey Trockel, M.D., Ph.D.
    Tonita E. Wroolie, Ph.D.
    Jerome Yesavage, M.D.
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About the Authors

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Chairman and Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatry Service at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Academic Psychiatry.

Alan K. Louie, M.D., is Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

It is an engaging and accessible Guide for the resident doing initial evaluations across emergency, outpatient, consult, and inpatient settings, navigating the transition from medical student to resident and beyond, and providing a sound foundation for preparing for board examinations.—Amy Vyas, M.D., PGY-III Resident (General), Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 22, No. 2, 03/01/2016

The sections on differential diagnoses were consistently thoughtful. The utility of the presentations about different diagnostic classes seemed useful for both familiar diagnoses (such as major depressive disorder) and the new diagnostic additions to the DSM-5 (such as disruptive mood dysregulation disorder).—James W. Lomax, M.D., Associate Chairman and Director of Educational Programs,Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College ofMedicine, Houston, TX, Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 22, No. 2, 03/01/2016

There are rich and valuable clinical descriptions similar to the narrative sections of DSM-5, along with excellent case presentations and discussions (often multiple cases for the same diagnosis) that do a nice job of demonstrating symptoms and how the clinician systematically gathers enough information to address each of the diagnostic criteria. Each chapter ends with a summary, diagnostic pearls, and self-assessment questions.—Michael D. Jibson & Lisa S. Seyfried, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Academic Psychiatry, 08/25/2016

American Psychiatric Publishing produces many books such as this for individual and group learning about psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. This work ranks among the best and most timely. With the subtle (and some not so subtle) changes to the DSM-IV-TR, many clinicians are left with less time to review the new edition and commit it to memory. This book works well in conjunction with the DSM- 5 and enables readers to comprehend the valuable, high-yield information without feeling overwhelmed by the DSM-5 itself. Overall, it is a resource worth using as you begin to incorporate DSM-5 nomenclature into your clinical practice.—Steven T Herron, M.D., Doody's Book Review

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