diagnosing disorders

PART I: Introduction, Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis A. Choose one character in the film or television show for which you have adequate information to make a DSM-5 diagnosis. Describe in one paragraph the behaviors, character, and main issues related to their psychological functioning. B. Apply the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria to develop a provisional diagnosis. C. Explain and justify your diagnosis giving specific details and examples from the film. Be certain to include a differential diagnosis. D. Explain and justify what questions you would ask and what other information you would need to know to confirm this diagnosis. PART II – LITERATURE REVIEW: In this section, you will provide the research you have done on the disorder you diagnosed for the character. Your research should be specific to the particular ethnicity, gender, psycho-social situation/background of this character. All research must come from peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly sources. Use course readings only when appropriate. A. What is the historic knowledge? B. What is the state-of-the science? C. What are the options for treatment including medications? D. Develop a suggested intervention strategy based on your research. This intervention strategy must be multi-faceted. Include medication (if indicated), psychotherapy approach to treatment, and/or other interventions. Note which treatment providers should be involved, and for how long. Be detailed in your suggestions and your referrals. Remember to include all aspects of individual’s bio-psycho-social functioning. PART III: Discussion A. Discuss how the film portrays an individual with the identified disorder – is it accurate? What is missing? B. How does the film deal with mental health treatment? Are there any myths or misconceptions about mental health portrayed in the film? C. How does the character’s personal characteristics, cultural background, socioeconomic status, family support, etc. impact both the psychological issues and/or their recovery? D. Give examples of a social workers’ role in working with a client who has this disorder. Include what work settings you might encounter the client, what role you might play. Be specific. *more than 3 sources can be used*

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