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Personality Disorders

1. Provide the full DSM-5 diagnosis for Isabella, including the name of the disorder, ICD-10-CM code, specifiers, severity, and the Z codes (other conditions that may need clinical attention).

2. Explain the diagnosis by matching the symptoms identified in the case to the specific criteria for the diagnosis.

3. Support your decision by identifying the symptoms which meet specific criteria for each diagnosis.

4. Identity any close differentials you considered for her and clearly explain why they were eliminated.

5. Explain how diagnosing a client with a personality disorder may affect their treatment.

6. Describe in detail how power and privilege may influence who is labeled with a personality disorder and with regards to which particular types of personality disorders.

7. Thoroughly explain how trauma affects the case either by causing the diagnosis and/or resulting from related symptoms to the diagnosis, or from treatment of the diagnosis.

8. Consistently support each of your explanations with social work concepts, theory, and principles from the assigned learning materials and from the scholarly articles you selected.

9. Document your references and cite them throughout your post following APA guidelines.

10. Initial post provides an accurate diagnosis for the case. Diagnosis is correctly written. Post accurately identifies diagnostic criteria used and does an exemplary job connecting diagnostic criteria to specific examples in the case study.

11. Discussion posting demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text(s) and Learning Resources. Posting provides significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other scholarly sources, and discerning ideas. Posts demonstrate exemplary critical thought.

12. Postings are well organized, use scholarly tone, contain original writing and proper paraphrasing, follow APA style, contain very few or no writing and/or spelling errors, and are fully consistent with graduate-level writing style.


1. Campbell, R. D., & Mowbray, O. (2016). The stigma of depression: Black American experiences. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 25(4), 153269. doi:10.1080/15313204.2016.1187101

2. Corrigan, P. W., & Rao, D. (2012). On the self-stigma of mental illness: Stages, disclosure, and strategies for change. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 57(8), 464469. doi:10.1177/070674371205700804

3. Morrison, J. (2014). Diagnosis made easier (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter 16, Diagnosing Personality and Relationship Problems (pp. 251270) (GO TO CHEGG.COM, FrontRunnerz51 or FrontRunnerz52)

4. American Psychiatric Association. (2013n). Personality disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm18

5. Cicchetti, D. (2014). Illustrative developmental psychopathology perspectives on precursors and pathways to personality disorder: Commentary on the special issue. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28(1), 172179. doi:10.1521/pedi.2014.28.1.172

6. Ferguson, A. (2016). Borderline personality disorder and access to services: A crucial social justice issue. Australian Social Work, 69(2), 206214. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2015.1054296

7. Howard, R., & Khalifa, N. (2016). Is emotional impulsiveness (urgency) a core feature of severe personality disorder? Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 2932. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.017

8. Donatone, B. (2016). The Coraline effect: The misdiagnosis of personality disorders in college students who grew up with a personality disordered parent. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 30(3), 187196. doi:10.1080/87568225.2016.1177432



Major Depressive Disorder, recurrent, severe but without psychotic features, ICD-10 CM code F33.2 with anxious distress and malacotic features, Z63.5 Disruption of family by separation or Divorce. (THIS IS ONLY A EXAMPLE OF HOW IT SHOULD LOOK AND NOT THE DIAGNOSIS)