Interview Case Study
While meeting his wife at work one day Leo spoke with a psychiatrist who just so happen to work at the same clinic where his wife does. Leo expressed to the psychiatrist that his has been struggling for years to find a job that makes him truly happy. He also shared that all his years he had yet to find a job that made him happy. Leo hasn’t been able to get a grip on his mood swings, which has left him depressed …show more content…
When his mood swings worsen his became more addicted to both substances which not only caused him to change jobs again but also put a strain on his marriage.
I believe that the most important aspect of assessment and processing any case is a diagnostic interview. This initial interview should involve family members, friends, coworkers and whomever would have first knowledge to the client’s behaviors and who knows him best (Stevens & Smith, 2013). Once the interview has taken place and basic information has been gathered I would then move into the usage of an instrumental assessment.
In the case of Leo, I would use the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 (STASSI-3) instrument takes a look at both the chemical and alcohol abuse factors. This is an informative tool that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to administer. It’s obvious that Leo’s behavior is affecting his family dynamic, however this is also a good tool to help him realize the other areas of his life where this affecting him.
One major benefit is that SASSI helps to distinguish Substance Use Disorders from other psychological disorders. So it’s important to remember that other illnesses can be associated with the behavior to engage in alcohol or …show more content…
Hallucinogens have a combination of depressants and stimulant affects but mostly stimulants. Hallucinogen includes a well-known drug called Marijuana. This type of drug affects the body in many cognitive and behavioral ways., causing a person to see and hear things due to the lose control over their thoughts and emotions. When they enter people’s brains, it can negatively change ordinary processing and cause lifelong damage. Hallucinogen has been known to lead to impaired memory, loss of concentration and knowledge retention, and loss of coordination. It also causes functional impairment of the central nervous system, damage to the lungs, and mental or emotional deterioration.
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