Axis I is part of the DSM "multiaxial" system for assessment. The five axis model is designed to provide a comprehensive diagnosis that includes a complete picture of not just acute symptoms but of the entire scope of factors that account for a patient's mental health.
Axis I: Clinical Disorders
This is the top-level of the DSM multiaxial system of diagnosis. It represents acute symptoms that need treatment; Axis I diagnoses are the most familiar and widely recognized (e.g., major depressive episode, schizophrenic episode, panic attack). Axis I terms are classified according to V-codes by the medical industry (primarily for billing and insurance purposes).
Clinical Disorders are grouped into categories listed below with examples of each.
With Depressed Mood
With Disturbance of Conduct
With Mixed Anxiety & Depressed Mood
With Mixed Disturbance of Emotions & Conduct
Acute Stress Disorder
Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder
Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
Anxiety Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (Anxiety Disorder NOS)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia
Panic Disorder Without Agoraphobia
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder
(Delirium, Dementia & Amnestic).
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
With Combined Psychological & Physical Signs & Symptoms
With Predominantly Physical Signs & Symptoms
With Predominantly Psychological Signs & Symptoms
Impulse-Control Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
(Not Classified Elsewhere)
Mental Disorders Due to a General Med Condition
Catatonic Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
Personality Change Due to a General Medical Condition
Bipolar I Disorder
Bipolar II Disorder
Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Depression (General Overview)
Major Depressive Disorder
Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Substance-Induced Mood Disorder
Schizophrenia & other Psychotic Disorders
Brief Psychotic Disorder
Psychotic Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder
Sexual & Gender Identity Disorders.
Paraphilia Not otherwise Specified
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Female Orgasmic Disorder (Inhibited Female Orgasm)
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
Male Erectile Disorder
Male Orgasmic Disorder (Inhibited Male Orgasm)
Sexual Aversion Disorder
Sexual Dysfunction Due to a General Medical Condition
Substance-Induced Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual Dysfunction Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Sexual Pain Disorders:
Dyspareunia (Not Due to a General Medical Condition)
Vaginismus (Not Due to a General Medical Condition)
Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
Dyssomnias Not Otherwise Specified. (NOS)
Insomnia Related to Another Mental Disorder
Nightmare Disorder (Dream Anxiety Disorder)
Primary Sleep Disorders:
Sleep Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
Sleep Disorder Related to Another Mental Disorder
Sleep Terror Disorder
Substance-Induced Sleep Disorder
Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder
Hypochondriasis.Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Somatoform Disorder not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder.
Substance-Induced Mood Disorder.
Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder.
Substance-Induced Sleep Disorder.
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