Psych Axis

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Psych Axis
2012-08-21 19:40:31
Psych Axis

Psych Axis
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  1. Axis I
    Clinical Disorders and Other conditions that may be a Focus of Clinical Attention. This includes all mental disorders (EXCEPT personality disorders and mental retardation.)
  2. Axis II
    Personality Disorders and Mental Retardation.  These disorders usually begin in childhood or adolescence and persist in a stable form into adult life.
  3. Axis III
    General Medical Conditions.  These include any current general medical condition that is potentially relevant to the understanding or management of the individual's mental disorder.
  4. Axis IV
    Psychosocial and Environmental Problems.  These are problems that may affect the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of mental disorders named on axes I and II. These include problems related to primary support group, social environment, education, occupation, housing, economics, access to health care services, interaction with the legal system or crime, and other types of psychososcial and environmental problems.
  5. Axis V
    Global Assessment of Functioning.  This allows the clinician to rate the individual's overall functioning on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale.