Based on the information presented, address the following questions:
1.What diagnosis would you give this client? Provide the rationale for your choices, linking the client's symptoms to specific DSM-5 criteria.
2.How might age, gender, ethnicity, and relationship dynamics contribute to the symptoms and issues this client is presenting?
3.What factors would you need to consider when developing a treatment plan for this client?
Support your ideas with references to the course texts, articles from this learning unit, articles from the Optional Readings for Principles of Psychopathology list, or articles from peer-reviewed journals
1. What diagnosis would you give this client? Provide the rationale for your choices, linking the client's symptoms to specific DSM-5 criteria.
Anne could initially be diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder. This rationale is based on the following Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000) criteria as paraphrased here:
(a) Difficulty making every decisions
(b) Needs others to assume responsibility for most things.
(c) Has difficulty expressing disagreement with other, because of fear of lack of support.
(d) Has difficulty initiating projects because of a lack of self-confidence.
(e) Goes to extreme lengths to obtain support from others
(f) Feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone
(g) Urgently seeks another relationship
(h) Unrealistically preoccupied with fears of being left to take care of self. (p. Annie must present with at least five of the criteria. Based on the vignette, she had needs continued reassurance from her family (Criterion 1); she needs others to assume responsibility from her (Criterion 2); Annie has difficulty expressing disagreements (Criterion 3); she lacks self-confidence (Criterion 5); and she feels uncomfortable when alone (DSM-IV-TR, 2000, p. 725).
2. How might age, gender, ethnicity, and relationship dynamics contribute to the symptoms and issues this client is presenting?
Based on the DSM-IV-TR (2000), the features of the disorder indicates that it is culture, age, and gender specific. Individuals and/or group members having a different culture than your own as a therapist may encounter several social dilemmas that are compounded by the psychological stress associated with it. Take gender for example, gender socialization is the perception of gender roles. Gender roles are based on a set of expectations that ...
This solution provides a multi-axial diagnosis for a specific client and offers recommendations for a treatment plan.