Application: Case Study – Substance Use and the Adolescent

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Over the past decade, cases of substance related disorders have appeared more prevalent in society. From the mental health perspective, research has shown an increase in cases of substance related disorders, particularly with adolescents. This increase has prompted further investigation into adolescent risk and resilience factors, as well as accuracy in diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans. Yet, in cases of adolescent substance use, further investigation is still needed concerning notification rights of parents, legal authorities, and/or case workers.

For this Application, review the client case study in the Learning Resources. Consider the characteristics of the client. Which specific characteristics might you consider important in developing a diagnosis? Consider your rationale for assigning particular diagnoses on the basis of the DSM. Also, think about what other information or people you may need to include in the assessment in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

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 might need about the client to make an accurate diagnosis
  • A brief description of additional individuals you might include in your assessment and explain why

Tutor Answer

School: Boston College




Substance use Disorder
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Substance use disorder is the dependence on drugs and alcohol among other substances.
When the substance use influences the behavior of a person, he or she has a substance use
disorder. Substance use disorder leads to change in the brain. This affects the functioning of an
individual in the process. This happens through a change in brain circuit affecting the limbic
system responses. According to DSM-5, substance use disorders are classifiable into ten
categories. These categories include mild, moderate and severe use of the substance. Substance
use leads to behavioral change, impaired control, and social impairment among others (Douaihy,
and Daley, 2014). This affects the patient in a significant way. This paper focuses on the user
client with behaviors that suggest that he is suffering from substance use disorder.
DSM Diagnosis
The client, as indicated in the video shows some elements of impairment in the daily life
of an individual. For example, the client spends much of his time on computers, talking on
phone, and texting. Additionally, the patient also avoids eating. According to the case study in
the video, the client hanged with older people than h...

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