chapter  5
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Use of Axes III, IV, and V

The comprehensive nature of the DSM multiaxial system is in­ tended to complement and facilitate the collection and organization of clinical information and the resulting implications for treat­ ment. These underlying notions form an important framework within the diagnostic process, especially for child psychiatry, that will influence future study and knowledge. In addition to Axes I and II diagnoses, evaluation of medical or physical conditions on Axis III completes the diagnostic formulation. Additional information gathered on Axes IV and V complement the diagnostic evaluation.