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What is the difference between dsm diagnosis and structural

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What is the difference between dsm diagnosis and structural diagnosis?
Dr. Mark :

Hi! I'll be glad to help you with this issue.

Dr. Mark :

Structural diagnosis is associated with personality testing and personality disorders. Is this what you are referring to?

Dr. Mark :

Hi. I see you haven't replied yet. Do you need more time?

Customer: Hi
Customer: So what is the difference between this and the dsm method of diagnosis?
Customer: isnt personality testing and disorder included in the dsm as well?
Dr. Mark :

The DSM method takes into account 5 axes: mood and behavioral disorders, personality disorders, outside environmental situations, history, and global functioning.

Customer: In the same case, shouldnt both methods reach the same diagnosis then?
Dr. Mark :

A structural diagnosis is something that a psychologist would use in assessing Borderline Personality Disorder, for example. That would become part of the DSM diagnosis. The DSM diagnosis is the total, authoritative diagnosis. Do you see how they fit together?

Customer: Oh i see... So structural just concerns itself with the personality/character disorder, in order to supplement dsm diagnosis?
Dr. Mark :

Not supplement, actually, it's to confirm. In other words, the DSM has a list of symptoms that Borderline Personality Disorder has that are characteristic of the disorder and that the patient/person has to exhibit. Now,

Dr. Mark :

A structural interview leading to a structural diagnosis might be used to confirm that the person does indeed meet these criteria. Does that help?

Customer: Yes
Customer: Thanks so much!
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