Case Study Anxiety Answer Sheet 1 Essay

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Case Study: Anxiety Answer Sheet
Diagnosing Tina
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Diagnosing Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
1a. Refer to the DSM-IV checklist for generalized anxiety disorder. Which of Tina's symptoms meet any of the criteria? (Be sure to match specific symptoms with specific criteria.)
Tina’s symptoms match all four of the criteria in the DSM-IV checklist for generalized anxiety disorder. Tina worries constantly something is going to happen to her twins which is in correlation with the first criteria listed. The second criteria of having difficulty controlling the worry is exhibited in Tina’s own admission that she worries sll the time and this causes her to smoke, eat and drink excessively to deal with the worry. She exhibits all the
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Diagnosing Panic Disorder:
3a. Refer to the DSM-IV checklist for panic disorder with agoraphobia and the checklist for panic disorder without agoraphobia. Which of Tina’s symptoms meet any of the criteria? (Be sure to match any specific symptoms with specific criteria.)
Tina’s recurrent sudden panic attacks meet the criteria for panic disorder with agoraphobia. She experiences recurrent unexpected attacks, worries about the implications and stays at home because of them, which is a significant change in behavior related to the attacks. These attacks are not due to drug abuse and not accounted for by another mental disorder.
3b. Does Tina meet the diagnostic criteria for panic disorder with agoraphobia or panic disorder without agoraphobia or neither? Explain why you believe your choice is the most appropriate diagnosis.
Tina meets the diagnostic criteria for panic disorder with agoraphobia. I believe this is the appropriate diagnosis because her symptoms meet the criteria in the DSM-IV.

Understanding Tina’s Disorders:
1. How would the Socio-Cultural Perspective explain Tina's GAD?
The Socio-Cultural Perspective might explain Tina’s GAD comes from the loss of her husband. She has lost that social connection and that has triggered this disorder.
2. Explain Tina's GAD from the Existential Perspective.
Tina is not living her life with meaning. The Existentialist would say she is shrinking from responsibility

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