“DSM IV Codes” refers to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. This encyclopedia of codes is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is a book that contains lists of codes for every currently known mental health condition. This publication is designed to coincide with the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD, but the two are not exactly identical. Because of this, it’s important to consult the specific publication needed when referring to a code. Below are the categories that are included in the DSM IV Codes.
Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
These codes are numbered from 299 -- 317 and include things such as mental retardation, learning disorders, communication disorders, and feeding disorders.
Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
These codes are numbered from 290 -- 294 and, as the title suggests, deal most with different dementia disorders as well as other amnestic disorders.
Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition Not Elsewhere Classified
These codes are numbered from 293 -- 310, but there are all three disorders listed in this category. These disorders are broad and include things such as mental disorders and personality disorders.
These codes are numbered from 291 -- 304 and cover just about any narcotic and addictive substance that you could imagine including alcohol, nicotine, and sedatives.
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
These codes are numbered from 295 -- 298 but the list of different schizophrenic disorders and other conditions such as delusional disorders, is quite lengthy.
Another long list, this section is numbered from 293 -- 301 and includes mood disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, and defines what a mood disorder is.
The rest of the codes follow along this same format and the list of codes and different disorders and diseases is very long. The entire publication includes things such as gender identity disorder, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The DSM-IV Codes are used regularly by mental health professionals in helping treat and understand disorders and illnesses.