Applying the DSM-IV to Fatigue
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The paper describes how a client approaching the clinician complaining of tiredness can and should be evaluated with the multi-axial model. The paper relates that first, the clinician needs to ask a series of questions to ascertain the nature of the symptoms and then the therapist can find out the client's general level of functioning. The paper discusses the Axis I possible diagnoses of sleep disorders, substance-related disorders, anxiety disorders and mood disorders, and notes that it is unlikely an Axis II diagnosis will be used to address the client's complaint of tiredness.
From the Paper:"According to Burke (nd), the multi-axial system of the DSM-IV addresses the client holistically and "from a variety of perspectives." The five axes take into account medical and neurological problems that may impact the psychological symptoms as well as psychosocial stressors. Axis I refers to the principle disorder or acute episode that led the client to seek treatment. Axis II comprises personality disorders and developmental disorders that may impact psychological symptoms. Axis III takes into account the preexisting medical conditions that can have a bearing on psychological symptoms. Psychosocial stressors are addressed in Axis IV, and Axis V measures the client's level of functioning. The multi-axial system encourages the therapist to address the client's concerns from a broad and thorough point of view.
"A client approaching the clinician complaining of tiredness can and should be evaluated with the multi-axial model. First, the clinician needs to ask a series of questions to ascertain the nature of the symptoms. It is crucial to gain a better understanding of the symptoms before referring to the DSM-IV."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Burke, B. (nd). 5 axes of DSM-IV. Abnormal psychology. Retrieved April 9, 2010 from http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/burke_b/Abnormal/Abnormalmultiaxial.htm
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision)
- "Dysthymic Disorder." (nd). BehaveNet. Retrieved April 9, 2010 from http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/dysd.htm
- "Major Depressive Disorder." (nd.) BehaveNet. Retrieved April 9, 2010 from http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/mjrdepep.htm
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