The DSM IV is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, which is published by a group Psychiatrists in America representing the Psychiatric Community.
The DSM IV is a list of Mental Disorders that are grouped into codes, clinical characteristics, and specific signs and symptoms that determine specific classes of Mental Disorders. The DSM IV is used by medical practitioners and psychiatrists alike when assessing or categorizing a patient who is suspected to be suffering with a specific mental illness.
The DSM IV is a complex set of criterion in which to associate patient’s conditions with specific mental disorders, so that health practitioners are better able to identify a clear diagnoses and treatment plan. The DSM IV should not be used by people to determine if they have a mental disorder or how to treat there mental illness and should only ever be utilised by medical practitioners and psychiatrists.