Case Analysis Form

47.272 Abnormal Psychology
Case Name
Your Name
Note: Please avoid use of uppercase first letters when identifying DSM disorders. Use your
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1. What is the current DSM-5 name for this disorder (which might be the same or might be
different from what Meyer and Weaver use)? If there might be more than one possibility, pick
the one that you believe is the best fit. (4 points)
2. In addition to naming the disorder, include any further sub-type and/or specifier for this
disorder from DSM-5 that seems to fit; if none, say “none.” (2 points)
3. Under what broad heading/category of disorders in DSM-5 is this diagnosis listed (be sure to
consult the DSM listings, which are summarized on our course website, not the organization used
in my textbook)? (2 points)
4. How well do the characteristics of this case match up with the diagnostic criteria established
by DSM-5 for the disorder you identified in question 2? Be sure to refer both to the symptom
criteria in DSM-5 as well as other criteria (e.g., the number of symptoms required, the time
requirements, any requirements related to impairment and distress and/or excluding other
conditions established, etc.). Be very explicit in (a) identifying the relevant DSM-5 criteria and in
(b) referring to specific aspects of the case as described in Meyer and Weaver that meet those
criteria; in other words, for each DSM-5 criterion, you must make explicit reference to
characteristics from the case to show that there is a fit. For any DSM-5 criterion that you believe
is not reflected in this case, list the criterion and then explain why you believe the case does not
fit it. If you included any sub-type or specifier in #2, also show how the case reflects any of
those. Do not get into any discussion of causation or treatment. (30 points)
5. What other abnormal or problematic characteristics of the case described by Meyer and
Weaver don’t seem to fit the specific diagnosis you listed in 2 above and that might indicate that
some other DSM-5 diagnosis is warranted, either instead of, or in addition to, the one you have
been discussing. Deal only with the clinical features of the case, not any aspect of life
circumstances or experiences, and again, do not get into any discussion of causation or treatment.
(Do not say “none,” because there is always something that doesn’t quite fit.) (12 points)
For #1: correct DSM-5 diagnosis, accurately spelled
For #2: correct listing of sub-type/specifier, if any, accurately spelled
For #3: correct identification of DSM-5 category, accurately spelled
For #4: correct and complete listing of DSM-5 criteria; accurate indication of how each
criterion does or does not fit
For #5: accurate identification of other clinical characteristics of case; reasonable
suggestion of other possible diagnoses
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