Diagnostic Interview: A Case Study

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Leo is a young man that is married with two children. Him and his family in live in a middle class suburban area. From the outside many people would assume that Leo and his family were happy and consent with life, however it’s the complete opposite. Leo isn’t stratified with his career path and seems to never maintain a steady work history.

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
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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

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