Decision making when treating psychological disorders
I completed an interactive process for a psychological disorder involving a client who was experiencing symptoms of depression including feelings of guilt, sadness, and difficulty sleeping. I applied the decision steps outlined in the DSM-5 by first confirming that the client met all criteria for Major Depressive Disorder based on their presenting signs and symptoms. I then considered any possible coexisting conditions such as Alcohol Use Disorder or Anxiety disorders to ensure they were not contributing to the client’s mental health issues. Next, I assessed whether or not certain medications would be appropriate for this particular case and discussed potential risks associated with these treatments with my patient before making an informed decision about which medication was best suited for them. Finally, I developed a treatment plan that included both pharmacological interventions as well as psychotherapy sessions designed to address underlying causes of depression and help my patient learn how to better cope with their emotions and manage their depressive symptoms.