Application: Case Study – Personality Disorders

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Chaotic lifestyles, chronic life interruptions, fractured support systems, and frayed identities collectively describe some of the characteristics of individuals who suffer with personality disorders. Individuals with personality disorders are similar to children navigating through life confused and unsure. Even when surrounded by family and friends, individuals who suffer with personality disorders may feel isolated and alone. As a future professional in the field of psychology, assigning a diagnosis of personality disorder may be very complex.

For this Application, review the case study in the Learning Resources. Consider important client characteristics for developing a personality disorder diagnosis. Think about your rationale for assigning a particular diagnosis on the basis of the DSM.

The Assignment (3–4 pages)

  • A DSM diagnosis of the client in the case study
  • An explanation of your rationale for assigning the diagnosis on the basis of the DSM
  • An explanation of what other information you may need about the client to make an accurate diagnosis based on the DSM diagnostic criteria

Tutor Answer

School: Boston College


Running head: DSM DIAGNOSIS


DSM Diagnosis
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A personality disorder is a mental disorder that affects the individual way of thinking.
People suffering from personality disorders have a rigid way of thinking, behaving and
functioning. One experiences difficulties in relating to the situation. Additionally, a person
suffering from personality disorder blames others for the challenges they face in life. This paper
focuses on a case study by a female client who planned to commit suicide because of depression
as a result of a personality disorder
Client diagnosis
The best diagnosis to the client in the case study is an avoidant personality disorder. The
client age is not known but her gender is female. The client is s divorce who finalized her
divorce a few weeks ago. The divorce caused her more harm than good since she lost her
medical insurance policy yet she needed it to manage her health condition that required her to
keep taking hyperthyroid medication which she can no longer afford. Furthermore, she is in a
very demanding job that she does not enjoy neither is it from her educationa...

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