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Diagnosis, classification, and differential diagnosis of the mood disorders 

Diagnosis, classification, and differential diagnosis of the mood disorders
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Diagnosis, classification, and differential diagnosis of the mood disorders
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Gordon Parker

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10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0085
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date: 25 August 2019

Varying expressions of mood disorders make for difficulties in definition, diagnosis, and classification. DSMIV and ICD10 formal classifications with decision rules (see Chapter 1.9) provide a structure but their underlying models may or may not be valid. This chapter therefore considers how mood disorders can be variably conceptualized and structured—an issue of intrinsic importance but also influencing identification of causes and management. Some definitional and boundary issues are first detailed prior to considering sub-typing and differential diagnostic issues.

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