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For each case, you will complete a diagnostic analysis you select from the list of assessment tools provided late in this assignment. Each case requires the following information to be addressed:

  • Describe presenting concerns and relevant history.
  • Explain what information is still needed to make a differential diagnosis and evaluate how at least one assessment tool, which is listed in the List of Assessment Tools resource, will aid in obtaining that information. The Differential Diagnosis Decision Tree may be helpful to guide this process.
  • Present DSM-5 and ICD-10 codes including relevant V and Z codes. Assume that the client has presented for treatment with their partner or parents.
  • Provide a descriptive rationale for the DSM diagnosis that best fits the information provided, including relevant ICD codes. This should be written in a narrative form using complete sentences. Support your rationale with scholarly sources. Optional readings found in the course syllabus may be particularly relevant.
  • Describe indications or contraindications that help determine whether a medication consultation is appropriate, and provide rationale with support from scholarly sources.

List of Assessments and Supporting Resources

  • Derogatis, L. R. (1977). Symptom Checklist-90–Revised. Psyctests, doi:10.1037/t01210-000
    • Grande, T. L., Newmeyer, M. D., Underwood, L. A., & Williams, C. R. (2014). Path analysis of the SCL-90-R: Exploring use in outpatient assessment. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 47(4), 271–290.
  • Hain, S., Schermelleh-Engel, K., Freitag, C., Louwen, F., & Oddo, S. (2016). Personality Styles and Disorder Inventory—Short form. Psyctests, doi:10.1037/t58367-000
    • Hain, S., Schermelleh-Engel, K., Freitag, C., Louwen, F., & Oddo, S. (2016). Development of a short form of the Personality Styles and Disorder Inventory (PSDI-6): Initial validation in a sample of pregnant women. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 32(4), 283–290.
      • Review this source toto be able to interpret the Personality Styles and Disorder Inventory—Short form.
  • Henderson, K. A., Buchholz, A., Perkins, J., Norwood, S., Obeid, N., Spettigue, W., & Feder, S. (2010). Eating disorders symptoms severity scale. Psyctests. doi:10.1037/t10209-00
    • Henderson, K. A., Buchholz, A., Perkins, J., Norwood, S., Obeid, N., Spettigue, W., & Feder, S. (2010). Eating disorder symptom severity scale: A new clinician rated measure. Eating Disorders, 18(4), 333–346.
      • Review this source to be able to interpret the Eating Disorder Symptom Severity Scale.
  • Kessler, R. C., Adler, L., Ames, M., Demler, O., Faraone, S., Hiripi, E., & Walters, E. E. (2005). Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist. Psyctests. doi:10.1037/t03454-000
    • Leithead, L., & Freeborn, D. (2013). A practical guide for diagnosing adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(10), 688–694.
      • Review this source to be able to interpret the ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist.
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