Psychology Essay

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ref Developing a treatment plan is similar in method to building a house. When building a house, the first step is to develop a sketch of what you want to build. In effective treatment, the treatment planning process is like that design sketch. It’s the vision of where to go and the stages required to get there. The multiaxial diagnostic assessment is the foundation of the treatment plan, similar in significance to the design plan of the foundation when building a home. Without a strong foundation, a home will not stay standing and without an accurate multiaxial diagnosis a treatment plan will also eventually fail. Quite literally, multiaxial diagnostic assessments are the most important part of developing an effective treatment plan. What is a Multiaxial Diagnosis? In simple terms, a multiaxial diagnosis is a system used to organize, prioritize, and classify illnesses and disorders. In a multiaxial diagnostic evaluation there are 5 levels of assessment that allow the clinical team an overview of a persons problems and potential issues. These problems and potential issues include factors interconnected to the patient’s psychology, neurochemistry, physiology and global level of functioning related to their drug abuse, chemical dependency and social issues. Multiaxial diagnostic assessments are embodied by a system of evaluation protocols defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition, commonly referred to as the DSM-IV-TR. This manual is developed and updated periodically by the American Psychiatric Association. The five levels of the DSM are called “axes” and are defined as follows: AXIS I Axis I is reserved for clinical disorders, along with developmental and learning disorders. Some examples of disorders that may be present on
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