Conceptualization Of Treatment For Erin

2462 Words Feb 14th, 2015 10 Pages
In this essay we plan to formulate the conceptualization of treatment for Erin, a client experiencing Severe Depression. Erin, 32 year old woman, educated, bright, and independently referred herself to the psychologist through the GP practice. She was previously employed as a GP part-time though now taking time off to raise her children.
Erin informed me that over a period of several months she had been feeling increasingly down, tired, and hopelessness. She exhibited more than five of the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent, namely a depressed mood most of the day, a diminished interest in pleasurable activities, loss of appetite, difficulties in initiating and maintaining sleep, resting more often(often sleeping 7 hours on days off), a loss of energy and fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Other symptoms (i.e. anxiety attacks, inability to concentrate, headaches, self-judging, being hard for herself, irritability, impatient with family, withdrawing from activities- no longer gym attender) were also better accounted for by her depression rather then other diagnosis. She reported occasional suicidal thoughts but did not think she would carry them out and had no plan for doing so because of her kids.
Psychometrics test employed shows: Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI) score of 29 which indicate severe depression. The diagnosis was confirmed with Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale where Erin…
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