Management of substance abuse

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is another standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals. It is intended to be applicable in a wide array of contexts and used by clinicians and researchers of many different orientations (e.g. biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal, family/systems). The DSM consists of three major components: the diagnostic classification, the diagnostic criteria sets and the descriptive text.