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What does AXIS I_AXIS II_AXIS III_AXIS IV_AXIS V in diagnostic psychiatric interview report mean ?

I am trying to understand some paperwork I had gott en years ago from the doctor, This is concerning mental health . First page header is Diagnostic Physchiatric Interview.I can understand every question like Cheif complaint, history of present Illness , past medical history, social history,etc.., Then I come to the DIAGNOSIS: it has AXIS I_AXIS II_AXIS III_AXIS IV_AXIS V. Please explain what AXIS is on each different level 1-5 please.
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
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Axis system is used in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) for proper diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders.
Axis I it includes all mental disorders except Mental Retardation and Personality disorders
Axis II it includes mental retardation and personality disorders
Axis III it includes any associated medical disorders with primary mental disorder
Axis IV it includes any psychological or environmental factors affecting primary mental disorder
Axis V it includes scores of GAF (global assessment of functioning)

These criteria are laid by American Psychiatric Association in order to have uniformity in diagnosis of mental disorders.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sundar Gnanavel's  Response
Thanks for your query. DSM is the American system of classification of mental disorders. It stipulates diagnosis of any mental illness in the following format.
Axis I Mental disorders except those covered by axis II
Axis II Mental retardation and personality disorders
Axis III Comorbid medical disorders
Axis IV Psychological or environmental factors associated with mental disorder
Axis V Global assessment of functioning
Hope you found the information useful.
Dr Sundar
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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