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Reviewing substance abuse by a client

Over the past decade, cases of substance use and abuse have appeared more prevalent in society. From the mental health perspective, research has shown an increase in cases of substance use and abuse, particularly with adolescents. This increase has prompted further investigation into adolescent risk and resilience factors, as well as accuracy in diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans. Yet, in cases of adolescent substance use and abuse, further investigation is still needed concerning notification rights of parents, legal authorities, and/or case workers.

For this Application, review the client case study in the Learning Resources. Consider the characteristics of the client. 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 in the case study
- An explanation of your rationale for assigning these diagnoses on the basis of the DSM-IV-TR
- An explanation of what other information you might need about the client to make an accurate diagnosis
- A description of additional individuals you might include in your assessment and explain why

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources as well as current literature used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.


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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 Depression and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He does seem to be a bit angry and has expressed some sadness in the past. He also appears to obsess about his activities on the computer and phone and mentions zombies quite a bit. "The preoccupation is significantly excessive and causes distress or significant impairment in functioning" (AIIPsych Online, 2013, para 2).

Axis II - These are disorders such as developmental and personality disorders. I actually do not see any types of personality or developmental disorders present in the client within the case study.

Axis III - These are the physical symptoms that may accompany an Axis I or II diagnosis. I don't ...

Solution Summary

Substance abuse by a client is reviewed. The applications in the learning resources are examined.