This 12 page paper provides an assessment based on a diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, Fourth Edition, Text Revised. This paper outlines the assessment of an individual patient. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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D.K. noted a family history of alcoholism, including a father who was an alcoholic. In addition, the patient also outlined a long history of problems related to obesity and
hypertension, and a review of his medical history supported this. At the time of his admission, the patient stated that he had admitted himself to the facility because
his wife had stated a concern for his health related to his drinking and because his depression had lead to suicidal ideation. Specifically, D.K.s drinking had become a personal
focus, and had progressed from social drinking to hidden drinking and the abuse of other substances, including crack-cocaine. Self-report also allowed for the assessment of suicidal ideation, which was
consistent with the view that he was attempting to "poison" himself with alcohol. The patient also mentioned an example of suicidal ideation, when he sat in his running car
with the garage doors closed, perhaps attempting to induce carbon monoxide poisoning. The patients first stay at a treatment facility resulted from his wifes concerns and her statement that she
would not remain in the marriage if he did not get help for his substance abuse. After his stay in 1996, his behaviors improved for a short period of
time, after which he began drinking again. After this, the patient demonstrated a desire to poison himself, and this resulted in his own concerns over self-safety determining his second
visit in the facility. At the time of his second admission, a mental status exam was conducted, which determined certain elements that were important to determining a treatment plan.
The mental status exam suggested that D.K. was both cooperative and depressed, and this was underscored by his voluntary decision for admission. Though D.K. was alert, showed normal