multiaxial classification

mul·ti·ax·i·al clas·si·fi·ca·tion

a procedure described in the DSM for the diagnosis of patients on five axes: 1) psychiatric syndrome present; 2) patient's history of personality and developmental disorders; 3) possible nonmental medical disorders; 4) severity of psychosocial stressors; 5) highest level of adaptive functioning in the past year.
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We propose a multiaxial classification system based on pharmacologic mechanisms of action.
Therefore, the diagnosis of PDDs or DD in infants and toddlers should be based on multiaxial classification systems which equally emphasize all axes.
It is a multiaxial classification system and is useful for clinical formulation.
The publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1980) marked the introduction of the multiaxial classification system for mental disorders.
The DSM system, which is basically a multiaxial classification system, is more dominant in North America.
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