Describe the three approaches to developing a diagnostic scheme (categorical, dimensional, and prototypical).

Assignment 2: Discussion: Diagnosing Mental Health

Your study includes the origin, development, and symptoms of mental disorders, known as psychopathology.

To complete this activity, watch the following video:

  • Why do you think receiving a diagnosis is sometimes perceived as a double-edged sword?
  • Describe the three approaches to developing a diagnostic scheme (categorical, dimensional, and prototypical).
    • Identify advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
    • State your opinion on how each approach increases or decreases the stigma of mental illness.

Submission Details:

By Saturday, October 15, 2016,

Assignment 3: Diagnostic Case Reports

Access the Faces of Abnormal Psychology website. There, you will see twelve different disorders listed. For this module, view the following disorders:

  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

After clicking a disorder, click the Diagnostic Overview tab in the left column. This will cover the major diagnostic features of the disorder. After that, click the DSM-5 Features tab. You can then go though the Case History, Interview, and Treatment sections on the website. Finally, in the Assessment section, you can complete an optional multiple-choice quiz. You have to write a case report for each case study. You should use the format provided on the web page. There is a sample report that you can also view by clicking the link in the upper-right corner.

The format for the sample report is as follows:

Your Name
Instructor’s Name
Class/Section Number

Background

  • Outline the major symptoms of this disorder.
  • Briefly outline the client’s background (age, race, occupations, etc.).
  • Describe any factors in the client’s background that might predispose him or her to this disorder.

Observations

  • Describe any symptoms that you have observed that support the diagnosis. You can include direct quotes or behaviors that you may have observed.
  • Describe any symptoms or behaviors that are inconsistent with the diagnosis.
  • Provide any information that you have about the development of this disorder.

Diagnosis

  • Did you observe any evidence of general medical conditions that might contribute to the development of this disorder?
  • Did you observe any evidence of psychosocial and environmental problems that might contribute to this disorder?
  • As per your observations, what is the client’s overall level of safety regarding potential harm to self or others (suicidality or homicidality)?
  • What cross-cultural issues, if any, affect the differential diagnosis?

Therapeutic Intervention

  • In your opinion, what are the appropriate short-term goals of this intervention?
  • In your opinion, what are the appropriate long-term goals of this intervention?
  • Which therapeutic strategy seems the most appropriate in this case? Why?
  • Which therapeutic modality seems the most appropriate in this case? Why?

Writing

  • Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Include citations in the text and references at the end of the document in APA format.

Submission Details:

By Tuesday, October 18, 2016,

Assignment 1: Antisocial Personality Disorder vs. Borderline Personality Disorder

Discuss the similarities and differences between antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. What are the practice implications of these two disorders for forensic mental health professionals? Why do you think that substance use so often occurs along with these two disorders?

Post your responses in a minimum of 300 words.

By Thursday, October 20

Assignment 2: Diagnostic Case Reports

Click here to go to the Faces of Abnormal Psychology website. There, you will see twelve different disorders listed. For this module, view the following disorders:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Substance Use

After clicking a disorder, click the Diagnostic Overview tab in the left column. This will cover the major diagnostic features of the disorder. After that, click the DSM-5 Features tab. You can then go though the Case History, Interview, and Treatment sections on the website. Finally, in the Assessment section, you can complete an optional multiple-choice quiz. You have to write a case report for each case study. You should use the format provided on the web page. There is a sample report that you can also view by clicking the link in the upper-right corner.

The format for the sample report is as follows:

Your Name
Instructor’s Name
Class/Section Number

Background

  • Outline the major symptoms of this disorder.
  • Briefly outline the client’s background (age, race, occupations, etc.).
  • Describe any factors in the client’s background that might predispose him or her to this disorder.

Observations

  • Describe any symptoms that you have observed that support the diagnosis. You can include direct quotes or behaviors that you may have observed.
  • Describe any symptoms or behaviors that are inconsistent with the diagnosis.
  • Provide any information that you have about the development of this disorder.

Diagnosis

  • Did you observe any evidence of general medical conditions that might contribute to the development of this disorder?
  • Did you observe any evidence of psychosocial and environmental problems that might contribute to this disorder?
  • As per your observations, what is the client’s overall level of safety regarding the potential harm to self or others (suicidality or homicidality)?
  • What cross-cultural issues, if any, affect the differential diagnosis?

Therapeutic Intervention

  • In your opinion, what are the appropriate short-term goals of this intervention?
  • In your opinion, what are the appropriate long-term goals of this intervention?
  • Which therapeutic strategy seems the most appropriate in this case? Why?
  • Which therapeutic modality seems the most appropriate in this case? Why?

Writing

Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Include citations in the text and references at the end of the document in APA format.

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