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developing an Axes I through IV diagnosis

Which specific characteristics might you consider important in developing an Axes I through IV diagnosis? Consider your rationale for assigning particular diagnoses on the basis of the DSM-IV-TR. Also, think about what other information or people you may need to include in the assessment in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

An Axes I through IV diagnosis of the client
An explanation of one rationale for assigning these diagnoses on the basis of the DSM-IV-TR
An explanation of what other information one might need about the client to make an accurate diagnosis
A brief description of additional individuals one might include in your assessment and explain why

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An Axes I through IV diagnosis of the client in the case study. An explanation of one rationale for assigning these diagnoses on the basis of the DSM-IV-TR.

Axis I - These are the clinical diagnoses such has depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc. For the client in the case study, I might do an Axis I diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder. He seems to do activities that allow him to escape from reality and almost likes to live in another reality such as one that involves zombies. He plays video games to cope with the feelings of depression to the point of ignoring daily needs such as eating. The client expressed that he has had feelings of anger and depression and does appear to ruminate on certain topics even when the subject mater has changed.

Axis II - These are disorders such as developmental and personality disorders. I might explore the client in the case study having Autism Spectrum Disorder as he seems to ruminate on the topic of zombies even when the subject has changed and interaction with the conversation is required. He may also have a learning disability as he had to repeat the fifth grade, as noted in the case study. Finally, he could possibly have ADD-Inattentive Type and this would need to be further explored by gathering information from the client's family and teachers.

Axis III - These are the physical symptoms that may accompany an Axis I or II ...

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This 888 word solution discusses a specific Axes I through IV dignosis (according to the DSM-IV-TR) using a hypothetical case study scenario and includes one reference.

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