Assignment 3: Diagnostic Case Reports

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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