Assignment 2: practicum – week 10 journal entry
Client A is 53 years old and has had a medical history that includes hypertension, diabetes, depression, and other conditions. Her diabetes and hypertension have been treated with medications like metformin or lisinopril. She prefers to receive psychotherapy for her depression.
Using the DSM-5 criteria, the diagnosis that best aligns with Client A’s symptoms would be Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The most common symptoms of this disorder include anhedonia, loss of enjoyment in activities and self-image/guilt feelings. In addition to insomnia/excessive sleeping habits and feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness that could affect daily functioning ability noticeably. Other physical signs and symptoms, such as headaches/muscle sores that aren’t caused by an underlying disease, may also be present. All these elements together offer strong support for MDD.
In terms of legal & ethical dilemmas associated this Client having counseling process it largely depends on particulars nature conditions comes from own individual background given how much personal information needs shared during appointment some scenarios might require additional measures taken e .g., requirements consent forms signed allow proceed further due potential risks involve conversations may hold deep importance still mentioned regardless use caution when discussing matters intimate details wish avoid crossing any lines potentially hurt client’s relationship if necessary contact 3rd parties involved discussed previously amongst both sides ensuring full understanding what being delayed anytime ambiguities left hanging open air should continued remember safety first foremost thought carefully weighed out before moving forward examination anything else.
American Psychological Association has found that individuals with depression have more anxiety than others, particularly those who are over 45. These people will need to be given extra care.