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Running head: CLIENT CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION1Client Case ConceptualizationPeighton YantzCampbellsville University
CLIENT CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION2The client is an eighteen-year-old, Caucasian female who has just started her first year of college. She in an only child and her parents got divorced when she was fifteen years old. She has dark hair, olive skin and has an average build. Her appearance is casual in clothing, while herbody language suggests that she is uncomfortable. She discusses that her relationship with her parents has been different since their divorce. Her conversations with her father are very rare, and states that she talks to her mother more, but “it is not like it used to be.” She also admits that she is not one to discuss her feelings, especially in intimate relationships. She has found herself staying out later and later, even on school nights, and spends her time with peers who are older than her, specifically men. She has not had a serious boyfriend in three years but explains that she has had multiple sexual partners. She admits that she is lonely and unhappy with her personalrelationships. She feels as though she is struggling to fit in socially at school. She also states that her grades in her classes could be better. She wants to work on herself and her relationship with her parents, specifically her father because she believes her bad relationship with her father is why she has trouble forming her own stable relationship. She wants to feel happy. She has no prior mental health history and no medical health concerns. The client shows symptoms and meets the criteria of Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct 309.4 (F43.25). The client is presenting emotional symptoms and a disturbance of conduct is predominant. The client meets the following criteria:A.The development of emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to an identifiable stressor(s) occurring within three months of the onset of the stressor(s)B.These symptoms or behaviors are clinically significant, as evidenced by one or both of the following:
CLIENT CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION31.Marked distress that is out of proportion to the severity or intensity of the stressor, taking into account the external context and the cultural factors that might influence symptom severity and presentation2.Significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. C.The stress-related disturbance does not meet the criteria for another mental disorder and is not merely an exacerbation of a preexisting mental disorderD.The symptoms do not represent normal bereavement (American Psychiatric Association, 2012).The stressor that has caused this adjustment disorder is that her parents got a divorce. A Mental Status Exam was given in order to correctly diagnose the client and to decide on a treatment plan.

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