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Case Study: carefully read the case study and answer the questions about Sally’s symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. (25 points total) Sally, is a 19-year-old, Japanese American, woman presenting for counseling with several symptoms, feelings of being "stressed out" about school, and conflicts over her desired major and the one her parent’s prefer. Sally is among the first generation of her family to be born in America. She excelled in high school and was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend a small, rural university. Her family was considered socioeconomically below middle class and consisted of both biological parents and three older brothers. She grew up in a public housing complex in a large city where she often witnessed violent crimes. Sally reported a history of depression on the paternal side of her family, including her grandfather; an aunt; and, perhaps most significantly, her father during her elementary school years. During her father's experience with depression, Sally reported that he displayed a negative and sometimes avoidant parenting style, causing Sally to perceive difficulty in gaining his approval. Sally also reported feeling left out by her brothers in elementary and middle school, which created significant distress and isolation for her. Sally has no reported history of trauma or substance use. She reported sleeping almost constantly over the last month. She reports feeling tired and fatigued most of the time. She reported gaining over 15-pounds in the last month. Her grades have dropped significantly lately, and she is in danger of losing her scholarship. Sally reports not feeling motivated to complete homework assignments. When she does try to complete work, she has a hard time focusing on the material. She used to go out with friends from her sorority each weekend. Now she reports staying in her dorm most days and nights of the week. She rarely sees friends or family. Most days, she struggles to get out of bed. She does not feel pleasure or happiness anymore. 1. Does Sally meet the diagnostic criteria for a DSM disorder? If so, which one? Be specific. (7 points) Diagnosis: ______________________________________________________________ List 3 criteria of the disorder Sally is displaying. Give examples of behavior Sally is exhibiting that fit the criteria of the diagnosis as evidence. Criteria 1. _____________________________________________________________________ Example 1. _____________________________________________________________________
Criteria 2. _____________________________________________________________________ Example 2. _____________________________________________________________________ Criteria 3. _____________________________________________________________________ Example 3.____________________________________________________________
2. Explain the cause of Sally’s disorder from the model of abnormality of your choice (Biological, Humanistic-Existential, Behavior, Cognitive, Sociocultural, Psychodynamic). Be specific. Include key terms. Use examples to link Sally’s case to the theory (i.e., Sally’s diagnosis is caused by [what your theoretical perspective claims]. Her [a specific thought, behavior, relationship, social context, etc.] is an example of [key term]). (9 points) Model of Abnormality:________________________...
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