assignment 3.

assignment 3.

Question I

Bipolar Disorders

In your Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition) text, critique the strengths and weaknesses of the Bipolar Disorders section, including such factors as its structure and organization, ease of use, and the primary research and methodological considerations that were used to establish the criteria for these disorders.

In particular, assess how you differentiate between Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and a Cyclothymic Disorder, and how these came to be viewed as different diagnoses in the development of the DSM. This will entail some research outside of required course materials.

Question 2

Principal Diagnoses

Based on the material presented in the Case Study of Bill:

1. Provide the DSM-5 differential diagnoses for Bill, including a listing of “Other Factors,” and support your decision process with a brief narrative.

2. Refer to the two ICD-10-CM appendices in your DSM-5 text, pages 839–862 and 877–896 and detail any differences in the diagnosis that you might find if you were to use the ICD-10 to arrive at the diagnosis or diagnoses. (As this is your first look at the comparison between the ICD-10 and the DSM classification systems, you may want to take a little time to understand how these systems relate to each other.)

3. Explain the etiological factors that you think are relevant in this case along with their reasons, keeping the diathesis-stress model in mind. You will need to do some research to clearly explain and support your reasons for suspecting these etiological factors.

4. List the three primary issues that need to be addressed in a treatment plan for Bill.

Review the Case Study Response Guide to assist you with this discussion.

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Question One
In my opinion, the Bipolar Disorders section of the DSM-5 is very well structured and neatly organized. The information for each disorder is easy to find and navigate through. In the beginning, the DSM-5 seemed to be quite confusing because it was not clear about where to search for the needed information, but after getting some practice, I am now able to effortlessly navigate through the sectors to look for the information I want. I appreciate how they include the diagnostic criteria for manic, hypo-manic, and major depressive episodes. Having this information on criteria for Bipolar 1 disorder helps in simplifying the process of making a diagnosis.

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