Diagnosis Of Agoraphobia And Panic Disorder

1670 WordsJul 22, 20167 Pages
Currently, I believe Barbie separately meets all criteria for both diagnosis of Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder. According to the DSM-5 this specific comorbidity is not unlikely and the following criteria for both diagnosis will be discussed as followed. The specific diagnostic criteria for Agoraphobia included sections A – I. Criteria A states that the individual must exhibit marked fear or anxiety for two or more situations and Barbie currently meets number one and three; which describes the anxiety she experiences with the thought of the use of public transportation such as a subways or bus and being in enclosed places such as the movies. Criteria B is met because it is evident in the narrative that Barbie fears these situation because…show more content…
Criteria F states that the fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting for six months or more. Barbie currently has a history of anxiety dating back three years. Criteria G states that the fear, anxiety, or avoidance has to cause clinical significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. According to the narrative, Barbie describes how she is beginning to experience difficulty focusing on her job and her WHODAS scores (which will be later discussed) significantly support this specific criteria. Criteria H does not pertain to Barbie due to her not having a history with another medical condition. The last criteria for Agoraphobia is finally met because Barbie’s symptoms is not better explained using another mental disorder. As stated above, the client currently meets a separate criteria for an additional diagnosis of Panic Disorder and the following criteria A – D is discussed. Criteria A describes how the individual must first exhibit unexpected panic attacks that reaches peak within a few minutes and during which time the client must experience four or more symptoms. Barbie currently has a history of more than five unexpected episodes that peak and last less than ten minutes. Also, during those times Barbie
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