Abnormal Psychology Final

Case Study


The focus of this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the basic theories and techniques of abnormal psychology.  To achieve this, you will present your analysis of the following case study.  Your response will include: a preliminary diagnosis, expression of the key symptoms identified, treatment goals for the client, an acknowledgment of the client’s strengths and areas for improvement, and description of homework the client is to complete. You will conclude the paper by discussing areas you will explore with the client at the next visit.

Case Scenario:  Lona

Lona is a married 35-year-old mother of one child (age 5). She has been married for ten years. At the onset of their marriage, Lona and her husband enjoyed their budding careers and great income. They drove the cars they liked, lived in the home they liked, and bought the material goods and services they liked. For most of the marriage, Lona has been the primary breadwinner (although both make six figures).

Lona became pregnant with their first child after five years of marriage. She was a doting mother of a very healthy baby girl. Her focus shifted from her career, but she tried to the best of her ability to be a jack of all trades. She was a great mother, housewife, and professional.

Soon, however, Lona became exhausted from her pace. She did not eat as well as before. She did not sleep as well as before (largely because she attempted to do all of her work while the baby was in bed). She found herself making a tremendous to-do list each day that never seemed to get done.

Lona arranged her schedule so that she did not need a babysitter. She mothered during the day and worked long into the night to meet the needs of her household. She endured this schedule for four years almost flawlessly. However, she became irritable, sickly, and seemingly “wilted.” She continued to dote on her child, but her marriage suffered. She was too tired for intimacy and resented her husband for daring to state that he was tired. He seldom helped around the house, and their daughter was so attached to Lona that she could not be soothed by her father for long periods of time.

Lona became sullen and very tired. Her allergies returned after a ten-year hiatus. She stopped doing the things she enjoyed and began to do whatever she could to simply stay awake. She decided to quit her high-paying job to work for a lesser salary at home. She stated repeatedly that it was her husband’s turn to pick up the slack.

Lona only spoke to her sister and mother of her anger, resentment, and fatigue. She discontinued exercise due to her inability to get up in the morning early enough to go jogging. This has left her twenty pounds heavier than before.

Lona states upon meeting you that she feels she is going downhill and needs some help to figure out a solution to her problems. She is very cooperative and willing to work hard to feel better for the sake of her child.

Lona has not ever been in therapy before, but several of her friends have found it beneficial and enlightening.

Lona’s aim is to keep her family intact and work on her problems to feel better.

Your Task:

Your assignment is to analyze Lona’s case and to give this client a preliminary diagnosis using the  International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10 link) . This is your first session/intake, so your information is limited to the above.

Answering the following 7 required questions, discuss your rationale for each decision using the knowledge you have gained in your studies. You will include homework assignments for this client in order to anchor her commitment to treatment and help her attain results.

Compose your responses in a cohesive, well-organized 6 to 8-page paper.

Required questions (scored):

1. What would you say is Lona’s primary diagnosis? Be sure to cover areas such as:  former level of functioning, current level of functioning, stress factors, medical, personality disorder, primary diagnosis).  Discuss your diagnosis and provide justification using the  International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)  codes and least one additional relevant source. (15 points)

2. What are the key symptoms that led you to this diagnosis? Explain and be specific. (15 points)

3. List each treatment goal and discuss each separately and in detail. (15 points)

4. List each Strength and your idea of how it could be used to support Lona in her treatment. (10 points)

5. List each area of improvement and your idea of how it could be changed to support Lona in her treatment. (10 points)

6. List each homework assignment and how it will support Lona in her treatment. (10 points)

7. What are some areas you would like to explore? (For example, relationships with others, personal goals.) Discuss your reasons for wanting to find out this information. (10 points)

What are some areas you would like to explore further with Lona? (For example, relationships with others, professional goals.) Discuss your reasons for wanting to find out this information and how this will assist Lona in her treatment. (10 points)  Communications (scored):   Writing mechanics (i.e., spelling, grammar) (5 points); Organization (introduction, body, conclusions) (five points); APA Style (5 points)

Additional recommendations: Make sure you support your diagnosis and treatment decisions with outside resources. Discuss how and why your proposed treatments would be effective for Lona, and in what ways.

Point total: 100 points

Prepare your paper according to the following guidelines:

· Structure your paper utilizing APA style; this includes title page, headers, subheadings, in-text citations, reference page, and general paper format (1-inch margins, double-spaced, 12-point font, etc.). An abstract is not required.

· Apply sound writing mechanics: write with clarity, paying attention to spelling, grammar, and syntax.

· Submit as a single document in either Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF format.

· Your final paper should be approximately 6 to 8 pages (excluding title page and reference page):

· Title page (do not count page towards paper length requirement)

· Body of paper (6 to 8 pages)

· Reference page (do not count page towards paper length requirement)