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Psychology 10 Pages

Psychiatric Diagnosis


For this assignment students will investigate and propose a psychiatric diagnosis based on the case study from the Gorenstein and Comer (2015) textbook Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology chosen in the Week One Initial Call discussion. 

This paper will include an in-depth overview of the disorder(s) within the diagnosis treatment options for the diagnosis and a sound rationale that explains why this diagnosis was made. Note that the diagnosis may include more than one psychiatric disorder.The paper must present a thorough overview of each disorder within the diagnosis. Assume the audience has no prior knowledge of the disorder(s) within the diagnosis and provide relevant and easy to understand explanations of each for the readers. When writing the paper it is critical to convey all the necessary information in a straightforward manner using non-technical language. (Reference the Professional Voice and Writing resource provided by the Ashford Writing Center for assistance.) 

Support the analysis with at least five peer-reviewed sources published within the last ten years in addition to the course text.The Psychiatric Diagnosis topical paper must include the following:

  1. Explain psychological concepts in the patients presentation using professional terminology. 
  2. Identify symptoms and behaviors exhibited by the patient in the chosen case study.Match the identified symptoms to potential disorders in a diagnostic manual.
  3. Propose a diagnosis based on the patients symptoms and the criteria listed for the disorder(s) in the diagnostic manual.
  4. Analyze and explain how the patient meets criteria for the disorder(s) according to the patients symptoms and the criteria outlined in the diagnostic manual.
  5. Justify the use of the chosen diagnostic manual (i.e. Why was this manual chosen over others?).
  6. Summarize general views of the diagnosis from multiple theoretical orientations and historical perspectives.
  7. Include a discussion on comorbidity if the diagnosis includes more than one disorder.
  8. Evaluate symptoms within the context of an appropriate theoretical orientation for this diagnosis.

Use at least two peer-reviewed articles to assess the validity of this diagnosis and describe who is most likely to have the diagnosis with regard to age gender socioeconomic status sexual orientation and ethnicity. Provide a brief evaluation of the scientific merit of these peer-reviewed sources in the validity assessment.

Summarize the risk factors (i.e. biological psychological and/or social) for the diagnosis. If one of the categories is not relevant address this within the summary.Compare evidence-based and non-evidence-based treatment options for the diagnosis.Evaluate well-established treatments for the diagnosis and describe the likelihood of success or possible outcomes for each treatment.Create an annotated bibliography of five peer-reviewed references published within the last ten years to inform the diagnosis and treatment recommendations. 

In the annotated bibliography write a two- to three-sentence evaluation of the scientific merit of each of these references. For additional assistance with this portion of the assignment access the Writing Centers Sample Annotated Bibliography.Attention Students: The Masters of Arts in Psychology program is utilizing the Pathbrite portfolio tool as a repository for student scholarly work in the form of signature assignments completed within the program. After receiving feedback for this Psychiatric Diagnosis topical paper please implement any changes recommended by the instructor go to Pathbrite and upload the revised Psychiatric Diagnosis topical paper to the portfolio. (Use the Pathbrite Quick-Start Guide to create an account if you do not already have one.) The upload of signature assignments will take place after completing each course.

Be certain to upload revised signature assignments throughout the program as the portfolio and its contents will be used in other courses and may be used by individual students as a professional resource tool. See the Pathbrite website for information and further instructions on using this portfolio tool.The Psychiatric DiagnosisMust be 8 to 15 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.Must include a separate title page with the following:

  • Title of paper
  • Students name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructors name
  • Date submitted

Must use at least five peer-reviewed sources published within the last 10 years in addition to the course text.Must include a separate annotated bibliography page.Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.


Title: Psychiatric Diagnosis
Length: 10 pages (2500 Words)
Style: APA


A Psychiatric disorder is a broad term which is used to describe mental health problem affecting million of people globally. These disorders are depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder that may cause poor ability to function in life. Diagnosis, on the other hand, is the process of determining which disease or condition clearly explains the signs and symptoms and individual which in turn allows the physician to provide the right treatment to the patient decreasing chances of secondary infection. It is also an important implication of patient care, research of specific condition and the policies related to health. Diagnosis also acts as a process or pre-existing set of categories agreed upon by medical professionals to designate a specific condition in a patient point of view. Majorly, it affects the cognitive function of an individual creating some complication which if not controlled in time will lead to death or a disability. Mental illness is caused by risk factors that vary from one individual to another ranging from the psychological, biological, physical, and genetic variation of an individual following the family history of the victim.


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