Case Study: Suffering From Bipolar I, Or Bipolar

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Janie Lavery Case Studies Pierre Pierre is a corporate lawyer who went from having a fun-loving, outgoing lifestyle to suffering from months of sadness and helplessness. I will start this case study by saying that while it seems that Pierre has been successful and led a fun and fulfilling life, it doesn’t appear that he has had any manic or hypomanic symptoms before so we can rule out any bipolar disorder at this time and focus on depressive disorders. Pierre’s loss of appetite would match up with the symptom “considerable weight change or appetite change,” and his loss of enjoyment from hockey and weight training due to lack of energy could meet the criteria for “daily fatigue or lethargy,” (Comer, 2015). The case study notes that he…show more content…
The case study talks not only about Alia experiencing elevated mood levels, but it also discusses how she was suffering from depression months earlier. We know that mania is rarely seen on its own, and this case is no different. At this point we just need to determine whether or not Alia is suffering from full blown mania or just hypomania, because this tends to be the deciding factor when determining whether a patient is suffering from Bipolar I or Bipolar II. The case study says that Alia will go days without sleeping, and is still fully functional. She finds herself talking substantially more and has thoughts racing through her head constantly. It sounds as though she has a great deal of energy. She also spent $17,000 in two weeks and the case study describes it as a “wild spending spree.” The energy without sleep, extravagant spending and racing thoughts are all symptoms of mania. If I had to make a diagnoses based on the facts at hand I would say that Alia is suffering from Bipolar I and is cycling between the poles of mania and…show more content…
Rahim reports that he doesn’t ever remember feeling happy in his life, and it also doesn’t sound like he suffers from other elevated moods like irritability or agitation, so at least at this point bipolar disorder can be completely ruled out. Actually since it’s mentioned that he’s never happy it might be safe to say that whatever his depressive disorder is, it is also melancholic since it appears he is unaffected by pleasurable events (Comer, 2015). The things that I focus on from Rahim’s case study are as follows; Rahim essentially never experiences happiness, Rahim is able to function in society despite his disorder, and that Rahim has had his disorder for as long as he remembers. Since Rahim’s depressive symptoms have lasted for over two years, his symptoms would be defined as chronic (Comer, 2015). Since his symptoms don’t cause impairment I would categorize them as dysthymic, which means that while his disorder has persisted for years, it hasn’t typically been of more than moderate intensity (BehaveNet, 2015). In the end based on all of these factors I would diagnose Rahim with persistent depressive disorder with dysthymic syndrome, which is someone who is suffering from a less severe but persistent depression, (Comer, 2015). If there is a place in that name to add on that his disorder is melancholic and that he never experiences pleasure then I would tack that on

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