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Diagnosis, classification, and differential diagnosis of the mood disorders

Gordon Parker

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0085
Diagnosis, classification, and differential diagnosis of the mood disorders

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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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Subjects: Psychiatry

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