Diagnostic Battery: A Case Evaluation of Whitney Houston
A psychological diagnostic battery is an important instrument in diagnosing various psychological conditions of an individual. As counselors, having an exact diagnosis and a diagnostic evaluation is essential. This paper will attempt to provide a diagnostic battery assessment of Whitney Houston. Although she has pasted away, the paper will present as if she had entered therapy prior to her death. Some missing points of information regarding her life will be added to this paper, although factious, the basis of the information will be drawn from media reports of her life. Background of Whitney Houston and Presenting Information
By many media accounts, Whitney Houston has been accused of rampant drug abuse and has been in and out of rehabilitation centers several times over the past few years. Whitney is an extraordinarily famous 48 year-old African-American woman who is primarily known for her signing and acting. She married Bobby Brown, also an entertainer with a history of drug abuse, in 1992 divorcing him in 2007. Her ‘casual’ drug use began prior to her marriage but became more rampant following her marriage and eventual divorce. In April of 2000, Whitney was arrested after police discovered she was carrying Marijuana in her luggage. Soon after this arrest, Whitney began showing up late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals. On more than one occasion, she cancelled concerts, talk-show appearance and began to get fired from several projects. During this same time period, she began to use Cannabis on a large scale, using up to 10 joints a day, sometimes never leaving her hotel room or home for several days at a time. To help her relax even more, she has stated that she would lace her ‘joints’ with cocaine. When this would not calm her, she began to inject cocaine. During her ‘binge’ times, she would use over a thousand dollars a day in cocaine. During these times, she found that she could not sleep and would stay up for a few days at a time. She reported that the more she lost sleep, the more she deteriorated. The more she deteriorated the more she used drugs to mask her pain. During these types of episodes, which have been occurring about every other month, she has begun to lose a great deal of weight. As a public figure, pictures of her drug usage began to surface; one in particular was a photo of her hotel bathroom. It showed a bathroom stuffed with empty beer bottles, rolling papers, pipes, powder covered spoons and lighters. According to Whitney’s sister in law, who would go on drug binges with the couple, “Whitney hallucinates and sees demons when she’s high; she bites and beats herself black-and-blue but blames the devil for the injuries.” She went on to say, Houston sees ‘demons’ everywhere she goes, and beats herself up while saying “The Devil be hitting me.” In a recent medical exam, Whitney reports that the doctor told her that he was seeing some heart rhythm issues that he would like to watch. The issue was tachycardia. This issue may be related to her heavy cocaine and cannabis use and will need to be monitored during substance reduction therapy. Ms. Houston is seeking assistance is getting her life back to normal. Data Collection Methods
Very few credible specifics have been reported about Whitney’s drug use other than by the Los Angeles County coroner’s report of her death. Most of the information used within this document will be from credible but yet not peer reviewed documents. Therefore, this assessment will combine two main methods of information about this subject. The first method will be from a literature review. 1. DSM–IV–TR (2000) 4th ed., text rev.
2. Los Angeles County Coroners Report. http://documents.latimes.com/whitney-houston-coroners-report-final/ 3. Whitney Houston’s Biography....