Assigment Due Sunday November 3 by 8pm Central Time U.S.

The sign of an effective clinician is the ability to identify the criteria that distinguish the diagnosis from any other possibility (otherwise known as a differential diagnosis). An ambiguous clinical diagnosis can lead to a faulty course of treatment and hurt the client more than it helps. In this Assignment, using the DSM-5 and all of the skills you have acquired to date, you assess an actual case client named L who is presenting certain psychosocial problems (which would be diagnosed using Z codes).

This is a culmination of learning from all the weeks covered so far.

To prepare: Use a differential diagnosis process and analysis of the Mental Status Exam in “The Case of L” to determine if the case meets the criteria for a clinical diagnosis.’


Required Readings

The Case of L     Document


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Substance related and addictive disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author.


Submit a 5- to 7 page paper in which you


· Provide the full DSM-5 diagnosis. Remember, a full diagnosis should include the name of the disorder, ICD-10-CM code, specifiers, severity, and the Z codes (other conditions that may need clinical attention). I already made the Diagnoses and Zcodes

USE DSM-5 Book digital I provided, pages are listed to find the Diagnoses I chosen. As well as the two Diagnoses that I ruled out. 


F20.9- Schizophrenia (page 99)

F43.10 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (due to Child molestation) Page 271-280

F333.3 Major Depressive disorder recurrent episode with psychotic features Page 160-163

F06.4 Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition Page 230 ( Other medical condition is Schizophrenia).

Z Codes

Z91.5 personal history of self-harm

Z62.810 Personal history (past history) sexual abuse in childhood

Z72.9 Problem related to lifestyle

Z71.9 Other counseling or consolation

Z63.8 High expressed emotion level within family

· Explain the full diagnosis, matching the symptoms of the case to the criteria for any diagnoses used.

· Identify 2 of the close differentials that you considered for the case. I have ruled out.  I added the two ruled out. Please Concisely explain why these conditions were considered but eliminated.

Two ruled out was:

1. F60.2-Antisocial Personality Disorder Page 659

2. Bipolar 1 Disorder Page 123-132

· Identify the assessments you recommend validating treatment. Explain the rationale behind choosing the assessment instruments to support, clarify, or track treatment progress for the diagnosis.

· Explain your recommendations for initial resources and treatment. Use scholarly resources to support your evidence-based treatment recommendations.

· Explain how you took cultural factors and diversity into account when making the assessment and recommending interventions.

· Identify client strengths and explain how you would utilize strengths throughout treatment.

· Identify specific knowledge or skills you would need to obtain to effectively treat this client and provide a plan on how you will do so.

USE APA format and intext citation and References

Use the DSM-5 Digital book attachment and Use creditable outside sources to back up your treatment and recommendations 

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