multiaxial system

multiaxial system

Psychiatry A mental disorder classification schema used with the DSM-IV, which provides a more comprehensive evaluation of the whole person; it is best used for treatment planning and prognosis because it reflects the interrelated complexities of the various biological, psychological, and social aspects of a person's condition; all mental disorders are included under Axis I and II. See Axis I, Axis II, Axis III, Axis IV, Axis V.
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The elimination of the multiaxial system of evaluation (5 axes) that provided a biopsychosocial perspective (mental, medical, psychosocial, and adaptive functioning) has reduced the contextual strength of the DSM.
The DSM-5 moves from a multiaxial system to a single axis format.
It describes the multiaxial system based on the factors that may be contributing to a child's problems.
Adding an Axis VI to the DSM's current multiaxial system, an axis that can be reflective of practitioners' theoretical perspectives, has also been proposed.
Along with a restructuring of how the diagnostic chapters are organized and the removal of the multiaxial system, the board of trustees also approved several controversial changes to common psychiatric disorders.

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