The strengths of the DSM IV is the polythetic approach which allows certain variables of a disorder to be considered when a practitioner is making a diagnosis without having to follow the, ‘one size fits all,’ mind set (Summers, 2016). A draw back from the DSM IV is the multiple diagnosis that one would have to apply to a patient (Summers, 2016). The DSM V gives the practitioner the ability to list the diagnosis, or multiple diagnosis’ out rather than having to write too all five axes (Summers, 2016). The DSM V, although medical jargon is still used, it more coherent to grouping proper disorders together regardless of the axes (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The DSM IV has limitations in diagnosis and the type of disorders included. The DSM V has broadened the parameters on certain disorders, again, by allowing a person to not be defined by the diagnosis while at the same point allowing one to be treated by fitting into most of the symptoms on a scale (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Lastly, the DSM IV compared to the DSM V falls short in regard to other factors including social and religious perspectives and the effects they have on the psyche

 

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