High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! A spectrum in
psychiatry is a range of linked conditions, such that there is "not
a unitary disorder but rather a syndrome composed of subgroups."
The subgroups may be linked together by clinical appearance or by
shared underlying causation. A spectrum may comprise relatively
"severe" mental disorders as well as relatively "mild and
nonclinical deficits." A spectrum approach generally overlays or
extends a categorical approach, which is most associated with the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related
Health Problems. A spectrum approach may start with the nuclear,
classic DSM diagnostic criteria for a disorder or several
disorders, and then include an additional broad range of issues
such as temperaments or traits, lifestyle, behavioral patterns, and
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