Complete DSM-IV Criteria

 for Mental Disorders

This website comprises a complete set of DSM-IV criteria for all currently used mental disorders. The criteria are a simplified version that I wrote for use by mental health professionals as well as patients, relatives, and other lay people. The criteria are taken directly from my book, DSM-IV Made Easy, published by Guilford Press. To my knowledge, this site is the only one on the web to publish a complete set of diagnostic criteria.

My book discusses all the adult disorders and illustrates their use with vignettes of over 120 patients. It is available from book stores, or Guilford press. Click here to learn more about DSM-IV Made Easy and my other recent books.

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To speed access to the criteria, I have divided them into 11 sections. Just below, you can select which of them you want to review. Note that bulleted criteria are mandatory -- they must be fulfilled before the individual can receive the diagnosis. Criteria preceded by a minus sign (-) are part of a check-list. Usually, several of them from this list must be fullfilled for diagnosis.

The bare-bones criteria often don't tell the whole story. To learn how to apply them requires the explanatory material contained either in the official DSM-IV or in my book, DSM-IV Made Easy.

--James Morrison, M. D.

Click below to view any of these sections:

Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

Cognitive Disorders; Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition

Substance-Related Disorders

Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Mood Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Somatoform Disorders; Factitious Disorder; Dissociative Disorders

Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

Eating Disorders; Sleep Disorders

Impulse-Control Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified; Adjustment Disorder

Personality Disorders

3 Tables of Complete DSM-IV Code Listings  (Beware: This is slow to load).

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