Two of the most commonly used standards for categorizing forms of psychological distress in the psychiatric profession are the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases.
‘Psychiatry’ Articles at Counselling Resource
The following articles are tagged with ‘Psychiatry’ in our library of resources.
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The notion of a ‘mental disorder’ rests upon a particular model of so-called ‘normal’ functioning and observable deviations from that norm; this model fits only awkwardly with some approaches to therapy. Perhaps even more significantly, unlike the usual notion of ‘diagnosis’ common to Western medicine, however, psychiatry’s diagnostic categories of mental disorders are defined in terms of lists of symptoms. Scientifically, they are nothing at all like most medical diagnoses.
This 28-question self-test has been developed as a screening test for Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder.
If a counsellor could only buy one book on medical and psychiatric issues as they relate to the practice of counselling, I believe this should be it. Every counsellor and psychotherapist should inform themselves to at least a basic degree about the broader medical and psychiatric issues which may impact upon their clients’ lives and well-being, and this book provides the best start I know for doing exactly that.
Although some professionals strictly value one or the other (counselling or drugs), in the view of this site both approaches to psychological distress may be chosen by well informed consumers.
Tests and quizzes in this section cover topics as diverse as Schizophrenia screening, Dissociative Identity Disorder, physical symptoms and love and relationships.
This section includes brief notes on more ‘medical’ aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, including symptoms, diagnostics, and medications.