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rajeevkrishnadas

DSM 4 vs ICD 10

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I have a couple of queries...

I would be grateful if you could advise me...

1. I am more comfortable using DSM 4. ( I used the DSM before coming to the UK... and I use it here... all my consultants have been OK with it)

Is it Ok to use the DSM at the exam... for the differential diagnosis and multiaxial diagnosis?

2. If I give a clinical diagnosis... will they ask me to give the ICD 10 diagnostic crietria...

For eg: Could you tell us what the diagnostic criteria for schizphrenia is according to ICD 10...

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There is somewhere in the regulations that states you need a working knowledge of either ICD-10 or DSM-IV.

You're very unlikely to be asked such specific questions as that. They might ask you to justify your diagnoses in which case you can volunteer DSM information.

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There is somewhere in the regulations that states you need a working knowledge of either ICD-10 or DSM-IV.

You're very unlikely to be asked such specific questions as that. They might ask you to justify your diagnoses in which case you can volunteer DSM information.

Thanks a lot Elton...

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It is better to give the wordings in your diagnosis as per ICD-10 as in Emotionally unstable personality disorder-Borderline type rather than Borderline personality. Officially ICD-10 is the system used for coding mental illnessess in the Uk and it will be better to be aware of the ICD-10 criteria atleast for the major disorders.

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I don't agree. Candidates are from all sorts of backgrounds. The regulations are pretty clear - either DSM or ICD is acceptable. It's up to you to make it clear which you are using.

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agree with you elton road.. the college guidance clearly states DSM [highlight]OR[/highlight] ICD-10..

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