The quantitative study of the distribution of mental disorders in human populations.
What is the Prevalence Rate?
The proportion of a population with a mental disorder at a given time.
What is the Mental Health Parity Act?
An act passed by Congress in 1996 that requires insurers who provide mental health coverage to offer benefits at the same level provided for medical and surgical coverage.
What is Axis I of the DSM-IV?
Psychiatric Disorder. It's the collection of signs and symptoms that together constitute a particular disorder...i.e: schizophrenia...*substance abuse falls under this category.*
What is Axis II of DSM-IV?
It refers to the personality disorders and mental retardation. example of personality disorder: antisocial; example of mental retardation: down syndrome
What is Axis III of DSM-IV?
Deals with any medical conditions (HTN, diabetes, cancer, etc) the person may have that may also contribute or be relevant to the mental disorder in question.
What is Axis IV of DSM-IV?
Addresses Psychosocial and environmental problems that may affect the dx, tx, and prognosis of the mental disorder. for example: divorced 3mos previously, loss of job, financial problems, ets.
What is Axis V of DSM-IV?
The Global Assessment of Functioning scale.
What is the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale?
It's a scale that ranges from 1-100 with 1 meaning persistent danger of severly hurting oneself or others. 50 and below is serious. The scale gives an indication of the person's best level of psychological, social, and occupational functioning during the preceding year, rated on a scale of 1-100.