DSM-5® and the LawChanges and Challenges

DSM-5® and the LawChanges and Challenges

Charles Scott

Print publication date: May 2015

ISBN: 9780199368464

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the most widely used and accepted scheme for diagnosing mental disorders in the United States and beyond. DSM-5 was released with profound changes revealed in the required diagnostic process, specific criteria for previously established diagnoses, as well as the addition and deletion of specific mental disorders. This resource provides an excellent summary of the DSM-5 diagnostic changes and the implications of these changes in various types of criminal and civil litigation. It also provides practical guidelines on how to correctly use the DSM-5 diagnostic process to record diagnoses in a forensic report. Furthermore, this title highlights unique aspects of the assessment of malingering based on DSM-5 alterations of DSM-IV.