Severity of psycho-sexual stressors
Severity of psycho-social stressors
Highest level of adaptive functioning
That identifying patterns of symptoms that regularly occur together will help to throw light on the nature of abnormal behaviours and their underlying causes.
That putting a person into a particular category makes it harder to understand that person as a unique individual.
That a classification system enables psychiatrists to diagnose more accurately what disorders the patient is suffering from.
It increases the chance of providing an effective therapy for the problem.
That individual people do not fit neatly into the categories
It enables psychiatrists and psychologists to communicate more easily about the nature and causes of their patient’s problems and enables research to be conducted on comparable groups of patients