Psychological Disorder Analysis

1805 Words Aug 22nd, 2010 8 Pages

Psychological Disorder Analysis
Amy Verhagen
Axia College of University of Phoenix

The diagnosis given to Maria is Dysthymic Disorder. Maria has been having trouble sleeping at night, feeling ‘jumpy’, and not able to concentrate. I suspect this has been going on for a while and possibly co-occurs with other psychological symptoms. Further questioning Maria about her past and present symptom onset will help in confirming this diagnosis to help treat her appropriately.
Background Information
Dysthymia comes from the words thalamus and thyroid, hence the reason it is called dysthymia. Dysthymic disorder is described as a mood disorder with mild or chronic depression, often appearing earlier in life
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Once we discuss how long symptoms have lasted and her life changing experiences, I want to find out more about her medical history. Have you or any family members suffered from any type of psychological condition before, such as depression or other condition? I want to rule out any diagnosis of psychotic episodes and bipolar, or if she is at higher risk for developing a disorder. Maria states that she has not been previously diagnosed with anything and is not aware of depression, or any other disorders in the family. Do you take medication, or have an existing medical condition? These will help to pinpoint if she may be disqualified from receiving the dysthymic disorder diagnosis. Maria states she has no history of medical conditions or any medication or substance use.
Where does your family originate from and do you feel you have ever been treated differently by others being Hispanic? Certain minorities, particular those who are Mexican and African American, are more apt to suffer from dysthymic disorder (Riolo, 2005). Maria stated her family originated in Mexico. Her parents moved to the United States when she was an infant. Job opportunities brought them to the states, where they were able to learn English and obtain some education classes in helping them to advance in their jobs.
Tell me about your life growing up and the relationship you’ve had with family. Maria stated her parents and her came to live with extended family when they first
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