Essay about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Assessment

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The client, Bill, experiences great levels of concern for the safety of his wife and young daughter. He describes his concerns as random, recurrent thoughts of dangerous events falling upon his family. As a result of these frequent thoughts of danger, Bill calls home every hour to check on his family. These thoughts and behaviors have been present for years. Bill' concerns have since escalated after his wife had an automobile accident. His constant telephoning home has led to the loss of one of his jobs. His wife has threatened to leave him and has pushed for him to seek help from a psychiatric facility. On Axis I of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Bill can be diagnosed with obsessive compulsive…show more content…
The patient's irregular behavior has also agitated his wife so much that she has threatened to leave him. In addition to these stressors, the patient's wife was recently involved in an automobile accident. Together, these contextual factors have intensified the patient's anxiety. Consequently, this intensifying of anxiety has caused an increase in the patient's irregular behavior used to alleviate his concerns. The patient, himself, has admitted that he knows his thoughts are “silly” and that those thoughts stem from his own mind. He also admits that he cannot control these thoughts that come about randomly. Whether or not the patient has existing personality or developmental disorders is unknown. The patient does seem to have normal interpersonal relationships based on the information given. Bill does not have any known physical or medical conditions that may have influenced the above mentioned diagnosis. I believe that this diagnosis describes the patient enough that no other diagnosis can be assigned that accurately embodies the patient's symptoms. For the patient, I have assigned a GAF score of 73. Bill has some mild symptoms and they cause difficulty of functioning in various settings such as work. However, he does perform relatively normal in daily life. Though the patient does function normally in daily life, his symptoms do hinder his daily activities. This is why I assigned a GAF score of 73. The patient's symptomalogy
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