Main Assignment: Assessing and Diagnosing Patients With Mood Disorders

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Main Assignment: Assessing and Diagnosing Patients With Mood Disorders

Main Assignment: Assessing and Diagnosing Patients With Mood Disorders
Main Assignment: Assessing and Diagnosing Patients With Mood Disorders

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Accurately diagnosing depressive disorders can be challenging given their periodic and, at times, cyclic nature. Some of these disorders occur in response to stressors and, depending on the cultural history of the client, may affect their decision to seek treatment. Bipolar disorders can also be difficult to properly diagnose. While clients with a bipolar or related disorder will likely have to contend with the disorder indefinitely, many find that the use of medication and evidence-based treatments have favorable outcomes.

To Prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider the insights they provide about assessing and diagnosing mood disorders.
  • Download the Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Template, which you will use to complete this Assignment. Also review the      Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Exemplar to see an example of a      completed evaluation document.
  • By Day 1 of this week, select a specific video case study to use for this Assignment from the Video Case Selections choices in the Learning Resources. View your assigned video case and review the additional data for the case in the “Case History Reports” document, keeping the requirements of the evaluation template in mind.
  • Consider what history would be necessary to collect from this patient.
  • Consider what interview questions you would need to ask this patient.
  • Identify at least three possible differential diagnoses for the patient.

Complete and submit your Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, including your differential diagnosis and critical-thinking process to formulate a primary diagnosis. Incorporate the following into your responses in the template:

  • Subjective: What details did the patient      provide regarding their chief complaint and symptomology to derive your      differential diagnosis? What is the duration and severity of their      symptoms? How are their symptoms impacting their functioning in      life?
  • Objective: What observations did you make      during the psychiatric assessment?
  • Assessment: Discuss the patient’s mental      status examination results. What were your differential diagnoses? Provide      a minimum of three possible diagnoses with supporting evidence, listed in      order from highest priority to lowest priority. Compare the DSM-5-TR      diagnostic criteria for each differential diagnosis and explain what DSM-5      criteria rules out the differential diagnosis to find an accurate      diagnosis. Explain the critical-thinking process that led you to the      primary diagnosis you selected. Include pertinent positives and pertinent      negatives for the specific patient case.
  • Reflection notes: What would you do      differently with this client if you could conduct the session over? Also      include in your reflection a discussion related to legal/ethical      considerations (demonstrate critical thinking beyond confidentiality and      consent for treatment!), health promotion and disease prevention taking      into consideration patient factors (such as age, ethnic group, etc.), PMH,      and other risk factors (e.g., socioeconomic, cultural background, etc.).