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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The editors emphasise that the strength of the OPD-CA-2 lies in the possibility of a diagnostic investigation of structure and conflict as a supplement to the multiaxial classification system, in the capturing of relationship patterns and in the possibility of assessing the prerequisites of treatment.
"We propose that it is no longer appropriate to name all drugs that treat psychosis as 'antipsychotics.' We propose a multiaxial classification system based on pharmacologic mechanisms of action.
Clasificacion multiaxial de agresores de pareja en centros penitenciarios [Pair aggressors' multiaxial classification in penitentiary centers].
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.
Multiaxial classification child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, 1996, Cambridge University Press
The DSM system, which is basically a multiaxial classification system, is more dominant in North America.
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