Learning about a disorder that you not familiar with can help you to understand the range of disorders that are present in modern day society. It can also give you an idea of the various ways in which psychological disorders affect others.

Note: If you are already familiar with these disorders, you can either choose one to research and learn more about OR you can choose a different disorder. Choose from one on this site: Symptoms & Treatments of Mental Disorders (Links to an external site.) 

To receive full credit, remember to also write three posts in the discussion: one original and two responses to other students. Provide scholarly, cited responses where applicable. Do not use Wikipedia. Use the library or reputable source to support your posts.

Most mental health professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This manual is designed to help ensure accurate and consistent diagnoses based on observational symptoms. Classifying psychological disorders is useful in assisting therapists in developing treatment plans.

Choose one from below and characterize the distinguishing features of each of the following DSM-5 diagnostic categories:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders

You can find the DSM-5 diagnostic categories in your webtext, p. 5.5, or by visiting psychiatry.org (Links to an external site.)  and searching the term “DSM-5.”

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