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What do Axis I, II, III, VI, V etc...mean

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What do Axis I, II, III, VI, V etc...mean
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 6 years ago.
This is known as the DSM IV formulation of a diagnosis:

Axis I: The primary mental health diagnosis (i.e., Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and hundreds of others);

Axis II: Personality Disorders
Mental Retardation

Axis III: Medical Conditions that may be contributing to Axis I

Axis IV: Area of functioning affected by Axis I (i.e., social, occupational, legal)

Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF: score of 1-100):
indicates mild, moderate, or severe disability
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

ok, thanks...now what is

AXIS V: ADMISSION GAF=15

AXIS V: DISCHARGE GAF = 45-50

Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 6 years ago.
That means that the patient's functioning was severely affected upon admission (GAF=15) and at discharge was doing better (GAF 45-50) and in the moderate range of functioning ability (implying that follow up treatment is necessary as an outpatient). Mild to normal functioning would be 70 and up.

Check back in a minute, I an going to try and find you a website which explains the GAF scores. They are an estimate assigned by the person doing the diagnosis.
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 6 years ago.
http://www.newavenuesonline.com/provider/forms/getpdf.aspx?id=45

This explanation is very good!!
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 6 years ago.
You are welcome.
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