This case is a 16-year-old female with no previous history of any psychiatric conditions, learning difficulties, or a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She is a high school sophomore and her parents have noticed that her mood seems to be “up and down.” She often falls asleep if not involved in a stimulating activity. Teachers at school note good performance on tests, but homework is frequently turned in late and she appears distractible and fidgety during class. She works part-time as a waitress on the weekends but is in danger of losing her job due to frequent tardiness over the past 6 months
2-3 pages long
Take on the role of the clinician.
In your initial post,
- Identify the patient’s symptoms and the available demographic and historical data.
- Discuss your differential diagnosis and provide a thorough basis for any diagnoses you have included.
- Determine what (if any) additional testing you would order and how this would be helpful in clarifying the diagnosis.
- Finally, explain recommendations for the patient/family for ongoing functioning (social, occupational and academic, if applicable).
You must use a minimum of two peer-reviewed scholarly articles in your discussion to support your diagnostic conclusions.
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