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RUNNING HEAD: Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction 1 Assessing and Treating Clients with Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction Joanna Cunningham Walden University NURS 6630, Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology October 21, 2019
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RUNNING HEAD: Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction 2 Assessing and Treating Clients with Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction An addiction is a persistent need to consume a substance or commit an act, is distinct from a compulsion, which is an overwhelming and irresistible impulse to act (Haber, 2019). A compulsive act is preceded by obsessive, intrusive thoughts that coerce the person to act. According to Stahl (2013), impulsivity and compulsivity mean that they are both symptoms that result from the brain not being able to say "no." When addiction or compulsivity occur, the behavior results in feelings of distress, guilt, or sham. Unfortunately, addiction is a detrimental habit that can affect everything in a person's life, which includes family and friends of the addict. The purpose of this assignment is to assess the client presented in the case study, explore treatment options for the addictions, and discuss ethical considerations involved with the given client. Client The Case study titled: A Puerto Rican woman with addiction, involves a 53-year-old Puerto Rican female. The client honestly communicated her addiction to alcohol started at the loss of her father when she was 20 years old. For the last 25 years, the client occasional attend Alcohol Anonymous. In the previous two years, she has difficulty maintain sobriety because of the nearby casino. Besides alcohol, she also enjoys gambling and is addicted to cigarette smoking. Because of her gambling habit, she owes over $50,000 to her retirement account in which she borrowed from. She has kept this debt a secret from her spouse. The client is alert and oriented to person, place, time, and situation. She is appropriately dressed and appears well groomed. Her speech clear and goal directed. During the interview, it is noticeable, the client tends to avoid eye contact. Her overall mood is reported as sad but maintains an appropriate affect. Client denies visual or auditory hallucinations, no paranoia or
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RUNNING HEAD: Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction 3 delusional thoughts, and no suicidal or homicidal ideation. Her insight and judgment are intact but her impulse control appears impaired. The appropriate diagnosis for the client is Gambling disorder, alcohol use disorder. It is known other addictions such as alcohol abuse or smoking can increase the risk of developing gambling.
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