Posted: December 6th, 2016
Diagnosing Mrs. Wall:
You are a psychologist at a community mental health center. Your first patient today is Mrs. Wall. You have access to her past medical records.
Mrs. Wall is 78 years old and lives alone. She moves very slowly and does not respond verbally to what others say. She sometimes mumbles to herself. Her face is expressionless. She seems confused by her surroundings. She is accompanied by her daughter, who is highly observant and an accurate reporter of Mrs. W.’s past medical and psychosocial history.
Think about what cognitive or non-cognitive disorder(s) Mrs. Wall likely has. These could include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multi‑infarct dementia, stroke, depression, possibly negative symptom schizophrenia, and infection induced delirium. Choose three of the above diagnosis. For each diagnosis, what additional information do you need to obtain and how could you obtain that information. Then pretend you obtained all the information you needed. Choose one of the three diagnosis. What information did you get that supports the criteria of the diagnosis?
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