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MENTAL DISORDERSThe DSM IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders systems which was published in1994 represents the official classification system used in the United States for diagnosingpsychological disorders It gives specific criteria that are used in diagnosis along with otherinformation regarding other features that are sometimes seen in people with specific disorders and issuesthat are considered differential diagnosis distinguishing between a primary disorder and otherconditions that may be similar in some ways All three of the patients in the case studies exhibitsymptoms that can be diagnosed through this system James ChattertonOne case deals with schizophrenia another with obsessive-compulsive disorder and the other withsubstance abuse disorder specifically substance-induced However induced mood disorder couldrepresent an alternative diagnosis which should be considered Although the previous diagnosis is themost appropriate All three patients exhibit characteristics that enable them to be diagnosed throughthe DSM IV classification systemWhen considering both the history and presenting symptoms of this patient it would seem tat themost appropriate diagnoses would be schizophrenia - paranoid type An alternative diagnosis of mooddisorder with psychotic features would have to be considered although this diagnosis seems much lesslikely than a primary diagnosis of schizophreniaThe primary features of schizophrenia fall into a number of categories Characteristic symptomsinclude delusions hallucinations disorganized speech grossly disorganized behavior as well assymptoms of affective flattening eg showing a lack of range of emotional response Patients onlyneed to show two of these features for diagnosis Other symptoms include evidence of major social oroccupational dysfunction This may be reflected in a failure to function at an expected level in termsof job or school performance as well as major problems in relating to others in social situations Thedisorder must have lasted for six months or more and the patient must not show evidence of a number ofother conditions such as mood disorder with depressive features or substance induced psychotic disorder James Chatterton displays a number of features that are highly suggestive of a diagnosis ofschizophrenia He shows
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