Five Axis Diagnosis for Psychological Disorders

The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach high school students about the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual Five Axis Diagnosis and the importance of making a diagnosis. After participating in this lesson, students should understand what how to make a disorder diagnosis, and what each axis represents. The procedure of the lesson plan involves instruction about the DSM and diagnosis of a disorder, students reading vignettes and diagnosing disorders, and creating a website about how to do a five axis diagnosis.