Essay Discussion Assignment Project

Essay Discussion Assignment Project

Essay Discussion Assignment Project

For this week’s Assignment you will write a 10-11 page essay discussing

pharmacological treatment interventions for a specific mental health disorder.

Use the readings from previous units and at least three academic sources from

the Library. Use the format of diagnosing found in Diagnosing Mental Health

Disorders. Your paper should synthesize the readings you have completed so far

that apply to the topic and should reflect how this synthesis will help you apply

what you are learning to your own work in the profession.


Read the following case study:

Anna is a 28-year-old Caucasian woman who has struggled with alcohol use for

most of her teenage and young adult life. She began drinking in high school, at

age 15, and dropped out of college partway through her first year because she

was missing so many classes due to alcohol use. She has attempted to go back

to school twice since then but has been unsuccessful each time due to relapses.

She has come to see you because she recently was fired from her job due to

poor job performance. During a recent doctor appointment, she was warned of

elevated liver enzymes, and an increased risk of kidney failure.

Anna reports multiple attempts to stop drinking but has only been able to

maintain sobriety for 2-4 weeks at a time. Whenever she tries to stop drinking,

she gets nauseous, shaky, disoriented and has heart palpitations. Within the last

4 months, she has withdrawn from her friends, feels sad almost every day, and

has frequent suicidal ideation. Her appetite has decreased, but her alcohol use

has continued to increase, and she is currently consuming approximately half a

“fifth” of vodka per day. She has frequent arguments with her parents, who are

now threatening to cut her off financially because she spends most of her rent

money on alcohol. She “can’t stop thinking about my next drink,” and reports

feelings of guilt and worthlessness over being unable to stop drinking.

Your essay should include the following:

• Diagnose the mental health issue(s) in the case study using the DSM5 criteria and format of diagnosing. Please use the 1,2,3 or the bullet points of format.

• Select and explain your pharmacological treatment approach including the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drug(s) you choose.



• Include any possible short and long-term side effects of the treatment(s) as well as the necessary referrals.

• Describe how your treatment approach will alter brain chemistry and influence behavior.

• Provide a detailed plan of how the integrated treatment team will address the needs of the client and justify the model of intervention.

Your paper should include:

• Title Page

• Abstract

• Main Body of the paper (10-11 pages)

• Reference Page