The Case Of Margaret. Margaret

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The Case of Margaret Margaret is a forty-year-old woman, whose husband left her for a younger woman. Margaret has experienced symptoms of shock, rage, and weeping spells. She has been isolating herself in bed because she doesn’t want to deal with anyone or anything. Along with her depressed mood, she has been consuming alcohol in a considerable amount. Margaret’s business has been suffering and she feels like a “total failure”. Family members concerned grew, which pushed Margaret to meet with a clinical psychologist (Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, 2013). I will form an appropriate diagnosis, rule out disorders, address the potential risks for suicide and homicide, and form recommendations.
Forming A Diagnosis After careful consideration, I believe Margaret is suffering from F32.2 Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), severe, single episode, with melancholic features. The Diagnostic criteria for MDD fits with the information given in the case of Margaret. Margaret has a depressed mood most of the day, nearly everyday by subjective report or by observation of others. Margaret has a diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities most of the day, nearly everyday. She experiences psychomotor retardation nearly everyday. It is clear Margaret is suffering from fatigue and loss of energy. She experiences feelings of worthlessness and excessive inappropriate guilt everyday. She reports having diminished ability to think and concentrate nearly everyday. The symptoms

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