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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.9

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Standard or Specification

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Description: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders.

The DSM organizes each psychiatric diagnosis into five levels (axes) relating to different aspects of disorder or disability:
  • Axis I: Clinical disorders, including major mental disorders, and learning disorders
  • Axis II: Personality disorders and mental retardation
  • Axis III: Acute medical conditions and physical disorders
  • Axis IV: Psychosocial and environmental factors contributing to the disorder
  • Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning or Children`s Global Assessment Scale for children and teens under the age of 18
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v19.4
Decision Date: 04/09/2019
Aliases: DSM
Introduced By: Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) TRM Team
Standards Body: APA
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/09/2019).