You reviewed the case of Laura in the study activities for this unit. Respond to each of the following questions in your discussion. Your discussion must be at least 300 words in length and include at least 2 references to current scholarly articles (past 7 years) in the professional literature to support your ideas.
Start by considering the broad category of Laura’s presenting issues. How would you best describe her presenting concerns and the types of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors she is experiencing? In other words, does Laura seem generally depressed? Anxious? Delusional? Or is she expressing concerns that may be related to another broad category of disorders that are listed in the DSM-5?
Next, look at the case study and review the specific symptoms Laura is reporting. Compare these symptoms to those listed in the broad categories you have considered. Review the number of symptoms that are required to make a diagnosis. Select the DSM-5 diagnosis that you believe is the best match for the symptoms that Laura is presenting and be sure to include the numeric ICD 10 code along with the name of the disorder.
Support your choice of diagnosis by listing the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 and noting for each one how Laura has expressed this. Does Laura meet all criteria for this diagnosis or are there some areas that you are not fully sure about?
If you do not have enough information about some symptoms that are required criteria for the diagnosis you have selected, what additional questions would you need to ask the client, or what other information would you need to obtain from other sources so that you could support an accurate diagnosis?
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