Learning Activity #5: Substance Use Diagnosis Discussion

  

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Objective 3: Survey the Substance-Related Disorders as laid out in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
The current edition of The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the most widely accepted
sourcebook for diagnostic criteria of disorders for the counseling fields. Many
mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social
workers, and chemical dependency counselors) use the information contained in
this manual to determine a diagnosis and communicate about that diagnosis
with other professionals when caring for, and providing treatment to, a patient.
For this course, and future courses, you will need to become familiar with the use
and layout of this manual, specifically its Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
section. DSM-5 is a major revision of the DSM-IV-TR with regard to Substance
Use Disorders. No longer are diagnostic categories separated into Substance
Abuse and Substance Dependency but rather along the spectrum of the Disorder.
In other words, Abuse and Dependence have been combined into one category,
Substance Use Disorder, based upon the clinical severity of the syndrome.
Learning Activity #5: Substance Use Diagnosis Discussion
Review the “Substance-Use and Addictive Disorders” of the DSM- 5
(American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders.) This is a required text in one of your previous courses so
you will already own it.
? Identify the three general diagnostic criteria levels of Substance Use
disorder and consider the appropriate timing for diagnosis.
? Pick three substances from the DSM 5 and relate how the
diagnostic criteria are then applied to specific substances and
substance categories. Include what specific criteria and information
are outlined for each.
Discuss how knowledge of each of these diagnostic criteria will impact your views of
chemical dependency and how these criteria will affect the course of treatment for an
individual.

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