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Assignment 3:Diagnostic Case Reports
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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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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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  • Assignment 3:Diagnostic Case Reports

    Assignment 3: Diagnostic Case Reports Student’s Name: University Affiliation: Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Class/Section Number What diagnosis has been given to this client? The diagnosis given to the client is the Bipolar Disorder Background Information • Major symptoms of the disorder Based on the DSM report, the main signs and symptoms of the bipolar disorder are mood swings variations that have great highs and lows effects. Usually, the disorder is associated with symptoms such as, extreme bad temper, sad sensation and hopelessness, impulsive behavior, and sometimes the victim can go to extreme cases of committing suicide. • The client’s background (age, race, occupation, etc.). The client background information is as outlined; the client, Bernie, aged 38 years’ is an Afro-American man. Based on the case history video, Bernie was raised up in a middle-class region in central New Jersey. According to him, his household was fairly normal. However, he stated that there was a past of mental sickness in his close relatives. While in college, he faced some challenges relating with other students, in fact, he reports as not being among the popular students both intellectually and athletically. His present occupation is social work where he is working in a correctional facility. • Factors in the client’s background which might predispose him or her to this disorder. The client started experiencing symptoms of the disorder while he was still a teenager, 17 years. He started drifting off from everyone, dropping grades was among the re

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