After reviewing this week’s learning resources, several insights about the case study can be gathered. The most important insight is that a thorough history and physical exam are necessary to collect from the patient in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. Additionally, diagnostic tests such as blood work, imaging or psychological testing may also be necessary to gather more information about the patient’s condition. The results of these tests would then be used in conjunction with the clinical history and physical exam findings to make a diagnosis. In terms of possible conditions that may need to be considered in a differential diagnosis for this particular patient, five potential diagnoses include depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, adjustment disorder and anxiety disorder.
Review this week’s Learning Resources, and consider the insights they provide about the case study. Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient in the case study you were assigned. Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather more information about the patient’s condition. How would the results be used to make a diagnosis? Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential diagnosis for the patient.
Depression is one possible condition because there are signs consistent with a major depressive episode such as feelings of helplessness and worthlessness as well as difficulty sleeping and changes in appetite. Bipolar Disorder should also be considered due to reports of manic episodes accompanied by increased energy levels and decreased need for sleep. PTSD is another potential condition based on symptoms related to traumatic events experienced by the client during their time overseas. Adjustment Disorder could also come into play given recent life changes (e.g., leaving military service) which have caused significant emotional distress for the individual.
Finally, Anxiety Disorder could possibly explain some of this patient’s current symptoms given its link with high levels stress/fear due real perceived threats; physical symptoms like rapid heart rate/sweating along mental manifestations such obsessive thoughts/rumination all point towards possibility existing . All these points taken together lead me identify Orem\’s Self Care Deficit Theory being utilized within setting itself . All five of these possible diagnoses should further explored order gain better understanding root cause individual\’s presenting issues ultimately provide comprehensive care going forward .