Psychopathology Diagnosis For Social Work Practice

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After reading The Case of L complete the follow in APA format:

  • Provide the full DSM-5 diagnosis for "L". Remember, a full diagnosis should include the name of the disorder, ICD-10-CM code, specifiers, severity, and the Z codes (other conditions that may need clinical attention).
  • Explain the full diagnosis and explain why "L" diagnosis match her symptoms in the case.
  • Explain the matching of the symptoms of the case to the criteria for the diagnoses used.
  • Identify 3 of the close diagnosis that you may consider for "L" but have differentials that you considered for the case and have ruled out. Concisely explain why these conditions were considered but eliminated based on other conditions in the case.
  • Identify the assessments you recommend to validate treatment "L". Explain the rationale behind choosing the assessment instruments to support, clarify, or track treatment progress for the diagnosis.Use scholarly resources to support your evidence-based assessments recommendations.
  • Explain your recommendations for initial resources and treatment. Use scholarly resources to support your evidence-based treatment recommendations.
  • Explain how you took cultural factors and diversity into account when making the assessment and recommending interventions for "L".
  • Identify "L" strengths in the case, and explain how you would utilize strengths throughout the treatment.
  • Identify specific knowledge or skills you would need to obtain to effectively treat this client, and provide a plan on how you will continue to do so.
  • Thoroughly support your interpretations, conclusions, analyses and recommendations with concepts, theories, models, and frameworks from the assigned texts, learning resources, and your research findings for this assignment.
  • Document and cite your references following APA guidelines.
  • Your paper should be 6-7 pages in length in addition to the cover and reference pages.

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Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice
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Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice
Full DSM-5 Diagnosis for "L"
From the diagnostic criteria, “L” may be suffering from a major depressive disorder
(MDD), recurrent episodes with moderate severity and catatonic features. The diagnosis shows
that “L” exhibits a depressed mood and lack of interests in some of the common activities. She
has moderate functional impairment. Some of the specifiers that “L” exhibits include
melancholic features, chronic, seasonal patterns, and postpartum onset. These specifiers indicate
both the prognosis and the anticipated disorder course of “L.” This diagnosis reveals that “L” has
been experiencing repeated episodes of major depression with a related period where she showed
peculiar postures. Such a diagnosis with seasonal patterns is essential because it provides
information on the most useful treatment type. Since “L” has seasonal depression episodes, she
might respond effectively to light therapy. Hence, the specifiers are essential in the establishment
of the sub-categories that are evident in the mood disorder diagnoses. The ICD 9 Codes are
296.32 (F33.1).
Explanation of the Full Diagnosis
A person with a major depressive disorder has a period of a major depressive episode
(MDE). “L” has a depressive mood that lasted for more than two weeks and a reduction in her
engagement in the daily activities. She also shows other symptoms including anxiety, change in
appetite, and suicidal thoughts among others. Also, there is evidence of insomnia and other
treatment resistance. According to criterion A, one of the essential features of MDD is the
presence of depressed mood that lasts for more than two weeks (Kennedy, 2008). “L” also
fulfills the criterion A2 as she has slowly dropped out the majority of the activities she liked in


the past years. Her mother was able to note these social withdrawals. There was also a reduction
in the appetite which as showed by a reduction in the weight. Despite her denial of dieting or
fasting, her mother noted the decrease in weight hence fulfilling criterion A3 of MDD diagnosis.
There is also the presence of insomnia tha...

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