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Complements to the DSM-5

Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from the DSM-5
From American Psychiatric Association, this concise companion is intended to make using the DSM-5 more convenient in clinical practice.

DSM-5 Guidebook: The Essential Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition 
From American Psychiatric Association, this supplement highlights how the DSM-5 differs from previous editions of the manual, including the most recent revisions to the diagnostic criteria.  

DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis
From Guilford Press, this book serves as a practical guide to clinical evaluation and diagnosis using the DSM-5. There are also print copies of this book available in Bobst Library.

DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors
From the American Counseling Association, this book provides background information about the DSM-5 and how to apply it in clinical situations and settings relevant to counselors. 

Symptom Media
A library of clinical training vignettes guided by the DSM-5, ICD, and real-life behavioral health case scenarios. These streaming videos illustrate symptoms unfolding on screen, serving as an educational tool for “symptom recognition” and providing visual tools that facilitate diagnosing of mental illnesses.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders


ALSO AVAILABLE: Previous DSMs online

  • The DSM Library provides online access to DSM-I through DSM-IV-TR.
  • For print copies, please use Bobst Library's reference collections on the first floor using these call numbers:  
    • DSM-I: BREF RC602 .A59
    • DSM-II: BREF RC455 .A46 1968
    • DSM-III: BREF RC455.2.C4 A48 1980
    • DSM-III-R: BREF RC455.2.C4 D54 1987
    • DSM-IV: BREF RC455.2.C4 D54 1994
    • DSM-IV-TR: BREF RC455.2.C4 D536 2000

Description, from the American Psychiatric Association

"Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system. The previous edition, DSM-IV-TR, has been used by professionals in a wide array of contexts, including psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, and counselors, as well as by clinicians and researchers of many different orientations (e.g., biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, family/systems). DSM is used in both clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinic, private practice, and primary care) as well as with community populations. In addition to supplying detailed descriptions of diagnostic criteria, DSM is also a necessary tool for collecting and communicating accurate public health statistics about the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders."

Publication of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 reflects more than a decade-long process to revise the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.  For more info, see the DSM-5 FAQ.