Anxiety Disorder Treatment Plan Essay
This treatment plan is based upon the scenario presented in Unit 4, for client Kristen. According to the criterion set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), this client has all of the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, (GAD) 300.02 (F41.1). The presenting symptoms include: excessive worrying, tiredness, irritability, sleeplessness, muscle tension, and difficulty concentrating. Her symptoms have been persistent for more than 6 months. The DSM-5 states that the onset of GAD is most common in the age range of 45-59 years. The DSM-5 also states that females have twice as high a rate of developing the disorder compared to …show more content…
For example, Kristen has had uncontrollable worry about losing her job for the past 8 months. If Kristen has a deep trust in God’s plan and direction for her life, she could learn to let go of that worry, believing that if she loses her job, God has another way of providing for her needs. The best way to assess Kristen’s spirituality would be through interview questions. The therapist would ask about her about her connection to God, how she thinks God views her, and about her religious beliefs. In addition, the therapist may want to ask Kristen about another time in her life when she feared that things may go wrong, and how did that actually turn out? The therapist may also ask if that experience strengthened or weakened her trust in God’s care for her.
GAD-7 The GAD-7 is an assessment tool that can be used by therapists in diagnosing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The tool has seven questions that are given a point scale. The client assigns a score, and the scores are totaled. A score of 10 or more is the cut point for diagnosing the disorder (Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JBW, Löwe B, 2006).
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