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A Revised Decision Tree for the DSM-III Differential Diagnosis of Psychotic Patients
Robert L. Spitzer; Janet B.W. Williams; Lyman C. Wynne
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Physicians and Surgeons in New York City; New York State Psychiatric Institute, 722 West 168th Street, New York; New York 10032

Physicians and Surgeons and research scientist in the institute's biometrics research department

Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Clinician-researchers involved in developing DSM-JII found that the decision tree for the differential diagnosis of psychotic features that appears in the manual does not accurately or clearly represent the logic of the classification. They present a revised decision tree that is more accurate, simpler, and clearer and that they believe will greatly facilitate the tree's use in teaching and clinical practice. A revised critenon for major depressive episode and manic episode (criterion C), which was published in the third and subsequent printings of DSM-llI, is also discussed.

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