Order of Psychiatric Diagnoses May Influence How Clinicians Identify Symptoms, Mississippi State University Study  
11/29/2012 8:11:20 AM

The diagnostic system used by many mental health practitioners in the United States -- known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- assumes that symptoms of two disorders that occur at the same time are additive and that the order in which the disorders are presented doesn't matter. But new research suggests that order actually plays a significant role in determining how clinicians think about psychiatric disorders.