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Topics in Social Work: DSM Library Now Available!

DSM Library, including the updated The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is now available online. The DSM-5 is a classification and diagnostic tool used by a variety of professionals ranging from psychologists to insurance providers.



The text consists of three main sections: DSM-5 basics, Diagnostic Criteria and Codes and Emerging Measures and Models. The third section, Emerging Measures and Models is particularly helpful for social work students who want to stay current with regards to patient assessment measures.

The fifth edition includes important changes like the redefinition of autism to autism spectrum disorder. This umbrella term means that old distinctions like Asperger’s disorder are no longer listed as individual disorders. Learning disorders have also taken the same route. Instead of reading disorder or mathematics disorder, learning disorders are listed under specific learning disorder. Other notable additions include gambling disorder, an expanded substance-related definition as well as impulse-control disorder. The database also offers previous iterations of the resource, allowing students a chance to examine how professional thought on mental disorder has evolved.


The DSM Library includes the Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, an excellent resource for students. The section entitled Differential Diagnosis Step by Step works as a useful guide for clinicians-in-training, listing the appropriate steps to take in a simple yet comprehensive manner. Differential Diagnosis by the Trees, and Differential Diagnosis by the Table provide a more detailed visual explanation of each disorder and the steps necessary to diagnose it.


DSM-5 Clinical Cases is a practical guide based on the disorders described in the book. This is a great way for students to connect theory with real-world cases. The book’s 19 chapters include sections on anxiety disorders, gender dysphoria and personality disorders complete with the actual case study, a diagnosis, discussion and suggested readings.


For more information on how to use this resource, contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, Social Welfare, Gerontology and Dewey Reference Bibliographer, at or 442-3695.


Blog post created by Mark Seabury

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