DSM-IV

In DSM-IV, this disorder is called Mental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Due to a General Medical Condition

For more information, see Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition

This residual category should be used for situations in which it has been established that the disturbance is caused by the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition, but the criteria are not met for a specific Mental Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition (e.g., dissociative symptoms due to complex partial seizures).

Note: Include the name of the general medical condition, e.g., Mental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Due to HIV Disease; also record the general medical condition.

DSM-5

This category applies to presentations in which symptoms characteristic of a mental disorder due to another medical condition that cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning predominate but do not meet the full criteria for any specific mental disorder attributable to another medical condition. The other specified mental disorder due to another medical condition category is used in situations in which the clinician chooses to communicate the specific reason that the presentation does not meet the criteria for any specific mental disorder attributable to another medical condition. This is done by recording the name of the disorder, with the specific etiological medical condition inserted in place of "another medical condition," followed by the specific symptomatic manifestation that does not meet the criteria for any specific mental disorder due to another medical condition. Furthermore, the specific medical condition must be listed immediately before the other specified mental disorder due to another medical condition. For example, dissociative symptoms due to complex partial seizures would be recorded as complex partial seizures; other specified mental disorder due to complex partial seizures, dissociative symptoms.

An example of a presentation that can be specified using the "other specified" designation is the following:

Dissociative symptoms

This includes symptoms occurring, for example, in the context of complex partial seizures.

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