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Only with the adaptation of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition did the mental health community recognize that adult anxiety disorders have origins in childhood, notes Emslie, the first psychiatrist to demonstrate that antidepressants are effective in depressed children and adolescents.
In order for AMBHA to define serious mental illness, the analysis excluded approximately 70 mental health disorders and conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV) even though most clinicians recognize the excluded disorders as having clinical significance and functional impairment.