Applying Differential Diagnosis to Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
What is it truly like to have a mental illness? By considering clients’ lived experiences a social worker becomes more empathetic and therefore better equipped to treat them. In this Discussion you analyze a case study focused on a depressive disorder or bipolar disorder using the steps of differential diagnosis.
To prepare: View the TED Talk “Depression the Secret We Share” (TED Conferences LLC 2013) and compare the description of Andrew Solomon’s symptoms to the criteria for depressive disorders in the DSM-5. Next review the steps in diagnosis detailed in the Morrison (2014) reading and then read the case provided by your instructor for this week’s Discussion considering the client against the various DSM-5 criteria for depressive disorders and bipolar disorders.
Morrison J. (2014). Diagnosis made easier (2nd ed.). New York NY: Guilford Press.