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March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020

Case 3: Volume 1, Case #29: The depressed man who thought he was out of options

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide.
  • Go to the Stahl Online website and examine the case study you were assigned.
  • Take the pretest for the case study.
  • Review the patient intake documentation, psychiatric history,
    patient file, medication history, etc. As you progress through each
    section, formulate a list of questions that you might ask the patient if
    he or she were in your office.
  • Based on the patient’s case history, consider other people in his
    or her life that you would need to speak to or get feedback from (i.e.,
    family members, teachers, nursing home aides, etc.).
  • Consider whether any additional physical exams or diagnostic testing may be necessary for the patient.
  • Develop a differential diagnoses for the patient. Refer to the DSM-5 in this week’s Learning Resources for guidance. 
  • Review the patient’s past and current medications. Refer to
    Stahl’s Prescriber’s Guide and consider medications you might select for
    this patient.
  • Review the posttest for the case study.

Post a response to the following:

  • Provide the case number in the subject line of the Discussion thread.
  • List three questions you might ask the patient if he or she were
    in your office. Provide a rationale for why you might ask these
  • Identify people in the patient’s life you would need to speak to
    or get feedback from to further assess the patient’s situation. Include
    specific questions you might ask these people and why.
  • Explain what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate for the patient and how the results would be used.
  • List three differential diagnoses for the patient. Identify the one that you think is most likely and explain why.
  • List two pharmacologic agents and their dosing that would be
    appropriate for the patient’s antidepressant therapy based on
    pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. From a mechanism of action
    perspective, provide a rationale for why you might choose one agent over
    the other.
  • For the drug therapy you select, identify any contraindications to
    use or alterations in dosing that may need to be considered based on
    the client’s ethnicity. Discuss why the contraindication/alteration you
    identify exists. That is, what would be problematic with the use of this
    drug in individuals of other ethnicities?
  • If your assigned case includes “check points” (i.e., follow-up
    data at week 4, 8, 12, etc.), indicate any therapeutic changes that you
    might make based on the data provided.
  • Explain “lessons learned” from this case study, including how you
    might apply this case to your own practice when providing care to
    patients with similar clinical presentations


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is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis representative of
knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current
credible sources.  

supported by at least 3 current, credible sources

Written clearly and concisely

Contains no grammatical or spelling errors

Fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style

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