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Manuals, Guides and Journals

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Manuel diagnostique et statistique des troubles mentaux / DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)  


The DSM is the major reference tool in North America used to diagnose mental health disorders. The DSM is intended for use in clinical settings by a wide range of health and mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, primary care physicians and others. For each disorder, the DSM lists specific criteria for making a diagnosis. A French language version is available for purchase.


The fourth and most recent edition is the DSM-IV-TR; the DSM-V is expected in 2012. This resource is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is made available on-line to subscribers by Psychiatry On-line


Health care providers in Ontario have free access to the French language version of the DSM at the CAMH library. Please call 416-595-6144 or contact the library by email at library@camh.net.


La psychiatrie dans le contexte des soins primaires / Psychiatry in Primary Care


Psychiatry in Primary Care : A concise Canadian pocket guide focuses on questions primary care health professionals may ask, actions they may take and recommendations  they may make in their daily practice. The extracts that are posted on-line present a number of examples of possible screening questions for the different psychiatric disorders.


We have also translated the section entitled The patient with a substance abuse problem. To order the full text of this document in English consult our on-line store.

Look for other resources on:

Concurrent Disorders

Mental Health


Dual Diagnosis

Gambling and gambling activities


Electronic Journals


Concurrent Disorders Resources


Treating Concurrent Disorders: A Guide for Counselors

Access table of contents, preface, and introduction, as well as learn where to order the document.


Concurrent Disorders: Models for Treatment

(English only)


Les troubles concomitants de toxicomanie et de santé mentale: Guide d’information / Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: An Information Guide

This guide gives a thorough introduction to concurrent disorder treatment options, and sensitive and sound coping skills to help people with concurrent disorders -- and their families -- toward recovery.


Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders

Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders is a publication of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). It examines the latest evidence on the link between addiction and mental illness and identifies important areas that require action if we are to improve client care and patient outcomes. 


Mental Health Resources


Psychiatry in Primary Care: A concise Canadian pocket guide 

A comprehensive, practical resource designed to support the work of primary care providers who encounter challenging mental health problems in their daily practices.


La dépression: Guide d’information


Le premier épisode psychotique: Guide d’information


La psychose chez les femmes: Guide d’information


La schizophrénie: Guide d’information


Le système ontarien de services psychiatriques médico-légaux: Guide d’information


La thérapie de couple: Guide d’information


Le trouble bipolaire- Guide d’information


Le trouble de la personnalité limite : Guide d'information à l'intention des familles


Le trouble obsessionnel-compulsif: Guide d’information


Les femmes, la violence et le traitement des traumatismes: Guide d’information


Les troubles anxieux : Guide d'Information


Les troubles concomitants de toxicomanie et de santé mentale: Guide d’information


Addiction Resources


La Trousse d'outils sur la toxicomanie / The Addiction Toolkit

This Toolkit was developed by CAMH and St. Joseph's Health Centre to fill a need for a practical resource on caring for patients with substance abuse problems in a primary care setting. The Toolkit provides brief answers to common clinical questions, as well as relevant clinical tools and patient resources. Development of the Toolkit will continue over the next few years. 


CAMH is translating the Toolkit section by section. Consult the Trousse d'outils sur la toxicomanie for details in French.


Learn where to order:

Suivi de la consommation d’alcool et de drogues: Guide d’utilisation


Alcohol & Drug Problems: A Practical Guide for Counsellors

(English only)


Drugs & Drug Abuse, 3rd Edition

(English only)


The Health Effects of Cannabis

(English only)


Management of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Problems: A Physician’s Manual

(English only)


Managing Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Problems - A Pocket Guide for Physicians and Nurses

(English only)


A Guide to Addiction Information and Referral for Settlement Services Professionals

(English only)


Assessment Handbook for Addiction Treatment Programs

(English only)

This handbook will help assessment workers make the best use of local treatment and support services.


Dual Diagnosis Resources


Dual Diagnosis Resource Service (Toronto)

Provides consultation, assessment, diagnosis, time limited treatment, respite, in-home and crisis supports, education, training and system facilitation including referrals to housing, vocational, educational and treatment services. Consultation and support to family members and service providers caring for individuals with Dual Diagnosis. Time-limited case management is available as part of these services

Tel: 416 535-8501, ext 7809


Directives utiles en salle d'urgence pour la prise en charge du client ayant une déficience intellectuelle / Guidelines for Managing the Client with Intellectual Disability in the Emergency Room

The authors outline ways to optimize the clinical encounter, provide a framework for understanding and assessing various medical and mental health issues and provide a systematic way to evaluate how best to approach treatment and triage.


Gambling and Gambling Activities Resources


Venir en aide aux personnes touchées par le jeu problématique / Helping the Person Affected by Problem Gambling

This guide provides practical information on the nature and dynamics of gambling problems.


Other Resources


Exposition aux psychotropes et à d’autres substances pendant la grossesse et l’allaitement : Ressource pour les fournisseurs de soins de santé / Exposure to Psychotropic Medications and other substances during pregnancy and lactation: a handbook for health care providers

The goal of this publication is to help primary care physicians, psychiatrists, pharmacists, obstetricians, midwives, public health nurses and nurse practitioners provide the best advice, information and care to women who are taking psychotropic medications or other substances during pregnancy and postpartum.



Quelle approche adopter envers les personnes âgées confrontées à des problèmes de toxicomanie, de santé mentale et de jeu / Responding to Older Adults with Substance Use, Mental Health and Gambling Challenges 

Responding to Older Adults helps workers and volunteers recognize and understand substance use, mental health and gambling problems in older adults. Tips on talking with older adults with these problems are included, as are pointers on when to seek help.


Poser les bonnes questions 2 / Asking the Right Questions 2


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex and queer (LGBTTTIQ) people have specific life factors that relate to substance use and/or mental health problems. The manual will allow the counsellor to:

  • best assess the needs of LGBTTTIQ clients 
  • engage clients in a positive treatment process 
  • develop tailored treatment plans 
  • make appropriate referrals.


Trousse d'évaluation de l'intimidation, du harcèlement et des relations entre enfants du mème âge en milieu scolaire / Assessment Toolkit for Bullying, Harassment and Peer Relations at School


The Canadian Public Health Association developed this in partnership with the Canadian Initiative for the Prevention of Bullying (National Crime Prevention Strategy). It is designed to be used by teachers, school administrators, and ministries of education, and it provides a standard way to measure the nature and prevalence of school peer relationship problems, standards for quality programs, and a common set of tools to assess the impact of school-based programs.


Electronic Journals

A list of selected addictions and mental health journals and newsletters available on the Internet.


Le Carnet Psy


Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies

Revue alcoologie et addictologie

Santé mentale au Québec



Electronic Journals

(English only)