chapter  18
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Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention

This chapter reviews conditions or problems that require clinical attention in the absence of a mental disorder, in the presence of a mental disorder but unrelated to it, or related to a mental disorder but of sufficient severity to become the focus of clinical attention (see list of categories in Table 18.1). In DSM-IV, "conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention" include most of the V codes in DSM-III-R; they are, however, reorganized, reworded, and some­ what expanded by the inclusion of several new categories and additional "300" codes. These conditions or problems are recorded on Axis I and may be coded in addition to other Axis I disorders. In some cases, use of V codes may be replaced by the restructuring of Axis IV in DSM-IV to indicate specific psychosocial stressors.