PSY650 Week Two Case Studies
You are a psychologist working for an agency whose policy states that an assessment and
diagnosis must be rendered within 48 hours of an initial session with a client. Please review and
choose one of the following cases to diagnose.
The Case of Amanda
Amanda is a 16-year-old Hispanic female that was referred to treatment due to body image issues.
Her parents believe that she has an eating disorder because she restricts her food intake and
exercises excessively. Amanda denies any compensatory behaviors, but reports the following
symptoms: anxiety, trouble sleeping through the night, and not feeling like a worthwhile person.
She has reservations about seeking treatment because confidentiality is not guaranteed. She has
agreed to attend the first session and opted to use insurance to pay for it. Her insurance company
will allot her 8 sessions upon receipt of her diagnosis. What diagnosis would you give Amanda?
The Case of Charles
Charles is a 33-year-old African American male seeking treatment due to suicidal ideation. He is
currently going through divorce proceedings and reports feeling agitated, angry, sad, and stressed
most days. He is concerned that his relationship issues have begun to impact his responsibilities at
work and fears losing his job. Charles is open to seeking treatment, but his insurance provider is
out-of-network. His insurance company is willing to reimburse him for up to 8 sessions if an
acceptable diagnosis is submitted. What diagnosis would you give Charles?