Here are my answers to your questions based on Module 1.
- Do you see any evidence that could indicate depression? The scenario can reveal a number of indicators that may indicate depression. Eugene describes feeling depressed, hopeless, tired, and lacking motivation all of the time. Eugene has lost his interest in the things that he once enjoyed and finds it difficult to concentrate. He also mentions having trouble sleeping and feeling guilty about not being able to contribute to his family’s income. This is a sign that he has depression.
- How can you assess Eugene’s baseline functional status? To assess Eugene’s baseline functional status, it would be helpful to ask him about his typical routine and level of functioning before his symptoms started. These questions could cover Eugene’s work, life and hobbies as well as his daily activities. You can also ask about his past medical and mental issues, as well any treatment he might have tried.
- Eugene uses what coping methods? The scenario does not indicate what Eugene uses as a coping method. However, he mentions feeling like he should be able to “snap out of it” and is hesitant to seek professional help, which may suggest that he is relying on self-help strategies. This would make it important that you explore the situation further and determine if there is any particular strategy that is helping him to cope or other options that might be available.
- Who are Eugene’s support system and how can they help him? Eugene’s support system includes his wife and children, as well as his mother and sister. Their support system can provide emotional support for Eugene, encourage him to find professional help and assist with his household and childcare responsibilities. You can help him find and use community resources such as counseling or support groups.
- Eugene speaks. What signs of anxiety are you hearing? While the scenario primarily focuses on Eugene’s symptoms of depression, there are a few indicators of anxiety as well. For example, he reports feeling “on edge” and having trouble sleeping, both of which can be associated with anxiety. Also, he mentions feeling guilty about not being doing enough. This could be due to anxiety or feelings of inadequacy.
- What are Eugene’s strengths and weaknesses? Based on the scenario, it is difficult to make a comprehensive assessment of Eugene’s strengths and weaknesses. But he is willing to change and improve his circumstances. He seems to struggle with feeling of guilt and hopelessness which might be affecting his ability to work and get help. A more in-depth assessment would be needed to fully understand Eugene’s strengths and weaknesses.