If an Educational Psychologist report refers to DSM-V how do parents know what this is?

Rachel Amos

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    It's a handbook used to diagnose mental health conditions. 

    DSM-V includes conditions autism, ADHD, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). 

    • DSM stands for Diagnostic Statistical Manual. That's just it's name.
    • V is the Roman Numberal for the number 5. That's because clinicians now use the 5th version of this book.

    There is a second handbook that is sometimes used by some specialists. It is called ICD 10. 

    • ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases.
    • 10 tells you it's the tenth version of the book.
    • The 11th version starts being used in early 2022, so if you see ICD 11, that's just the updated handbook.
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