DSM-5® and the Law: Changes and Challenges

Dr Charles Scott
Oxford University Press, 15 .. 2015 - 272 ˹
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the most widely used and accepted scheme for diagnosing mental disorders in the United States and beyond. DSM-5 was released with profound changes revealed in the required diagnostic process, specific criteria for previously established diagnoses, as well as the addition and deletion of specific mental disorders. DSM-5® and the Law provides an excellent summary of the DSM-5 diagnostic changes and the implications of these changes in various types of criminal and civil litigation. It also provides practical guidelines on how to correctly use the DSM-5 diagnostic process to record diagnoses in a forensic report. Furthermore, DSM-5® and the Law highlights unique aspects of the assessment of malingering based on DSM-5 alterations of DSM-IV. Special features include a summary of relevant diagnostic changes to each chapter topic, an application of the DSM-5 to a wide range of civil and criminal forensic evaluations, practical vignettes throughout the chapters to illustrate key forensic points, chapter tables to highlight relevant information, and focused summary points at the conclusion of each chapter. The reader is provided specific guidance on a range of evidence-based approaches to rate severity of psychotic disorders and a range of considerations for assessing disability. This is the first book to apply how the DSM-5 changes will impact the specific forensic evaluations with practical guidance on how to face new challenges posed.

Development and Implementation
2 The DSM5 and Major Diagnostic Changes
Diagnosing and Report Writing
4 DSM5 and Psychiatric Evaluations of Individuals in the Criminal Justice System
Competencies and the Criminal Justice System
6 DSM5 and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Diminished Mens Rea Defenses
7 DSM5 and Civil Competencies
8 DSM5 and Personal Injury Litigation
9 DSM5 and Disability Evaluations
10 DSM5 and Education Evaluations in SchoolAged Children
11 DSM5 and Malingering

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Dr. Scott is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Chief of the Psychiatry and the Law Division at the University of California, Davis. He is a Past-President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and has been a national instructor for the AAPL Annual Forensic Psychiatry Review Course for over 15 years. He serves as a consultant to the California Department of State Hospitals statewide implementation of DSM-5.