What's Your Diagnosis?

In What's Your Diagnosis?, learners are placed directly "in session" with patients, offering a straightforward approach to test diagnostic skills. This method presents the patient's story without flashbacks, added scenes, or text, enabling students to assess their knowledge of the DSM criteria for disorders or engage in 'caseload' assessment exercises.

  • Tracy has presented for therapy due to an unhealthy relationship with food and her body. She reports that when she looks at herself, she sees a grossly unfit, overweight person, despite being told that she is actually slim. She states that she often gorges on food, which leads to her over-exercising in dangerous ways to compensate for the food intake. Viewers of this video are taken into the therapy session and are exposed to Tracy's commentary and thoughts on her condition. In her behavior and her words, they can find clues that prepare them to make a diagnosis.  
  • When Terry's mom was first trying to teach him to speak, she immediately noticed he was struggling. Concerned about the reaction Terry's alcoholic father, Cliff, might have, she kept the issue to herself. When Cliff eventually recognized the problem, he became upset and insisted Terry work on fixing his problem, which made things even more difficult for him. He continues to struggle with his speech and is subject to ridicule by classmates at school. As his struggles and story are told to his counselor, viewers of the video are provided with an exclusive look inside the session. There, they hear the details of his condition and they witness first-hand the speech and behavioral issues that are controlling his life.  
  • Brent has been brought to therapy to discuss his increasingly problematic behavior in school and at home. He reports he is proud of the trouble he causes and believes he is justified in his actions. As viewers watch him share his incidents, including starting fires, getting in fights, and petty theft, they observe behaviors and tendencies that can lead them to establishing a diagnosis.  
  • Katrina has presented for therapy to discuss her concerns over mood swings she has been experiencing for a few years. She explains that the frequency of the swings have increased and it has been negatively impacting her personal and professional life. As she reports on her condition, the viewer observes her verbal and non-verbal symptoms, which provide valuable insight into what diagnosis they should make.  
  • His friends and family have always felt they could count on Emmanuel to be grounded and stable. He is in a stable marriage and works a steady job, but one night, things drastically changed. After working on fixing an appliance in the home, Emmanuel's husband noticed he was acting in a strange, unpredictable way. Viewers of this video observe an evaluation where Emmanuel's husband sits with him and a therapist to figure out what is going on with him. As the details of the night and the incidents leading up to it are explored, learners are given an opportunity to seek out clues to his condition as they try to solve the mystery of his condition.  
  • Kira has arrived for therapy to discuss a recent incident where she displayed erratic, problematic behavior. She explains that, while attending a business conference, she made what she believed to be a significant personal, romantic connection with one of the guest speakers, a charismatic married man. Her developing obsession with the man ultimately leads her to pursue him in a cross-country trip, which ends with her being served with a restraining order by the man and his family. In observing Kira's explanation of her motivations and actions, viewers are encouraged to look for clues and symptoms that could lead to establishing a potential diagnosis.  
  • Rhonda's husband, Cliff, is the center of her universe. He always knows what to do and how to do it, and without him, Rhonda feels she would be completely lost. She explains that even though he has a drinking problem, she believes him when he says he has it under control. She needs to believe him, and even if she didn't, she wouldn't dare question him or risk offending him. She couldn't even consider a life without him. Her fear of what would happen if he ever left her and abandoned their child controls much of what she does and how she acts. In this video, the viewer observes Rhonda's session, as she opens up about her feelings. Her words and behaviors are clues to her condition, as the learner must decipher what is real and what is Rhonda's perception of reality.  
  • Kristen starts off by sharing how perfect she thought her life was. But then she shares that recently been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease; her husband has been so anxious lately; and she finally she's coming to terms with her son's autism. She describes her life like this, "I loved it. Everything. Until I just...didn?t like anything at all... things are just kind of...awful right now. As you watch the video and listen to Kristen describe her life, your task is to determine what disorder she has?  
  • Kevin's anger and inability to deal with criticism has reached a boiling point and he is finally ready for therapy. He presents and explains that he is not always angry, but a few times a week he loses control and becomes violent and confrontational. He has noticed that others tend to fear his outbursts and his condition is severely impacting his relationships. Viewers are tasked with watching Kevin as he explains his situation and the thoughts he has when the anger takes over. In his words and actions, clues about his condition are revealed, all of which can be used to seek out a potential diagnosis.  
  • Stephanie is struggling greatly as she watches her father slowly dying, and it is having a significant impact on her mental health. She believes the stress and the confusion of the situation have caused her to feel strange. She explains she feels like she has stepped outside of herself and is watching things happen to her as if she were someone else. It has began causing issues with many parts of her life and she is displaying other behaviors that are strange or unlike her. The mystery of what is happening to her is revealed throughout the session, as her words and mannerisms provide the viewer with clues to her symptoms. The learner is able to hear her explanation and see her responses, providing context and insight into her condition.  
  • For Alex's whole life, the only thing he truly felt connected to was the game of poker. He felt great joy while playing and his skill at the game made him feel somehow special. When he grows up and decides it's time to follow his destiny and become a professional player, he jumps in with both feet. Soon he is in over his head and finds himself getting more reckless and chasing bigger games to try and get back to even.  
  • Phillip is a husband and father struggling with some significant issues in his life, including a chronically ill wife, and a young son that he worries is showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. These latest revelations have put him over the edge and he's come in for help. Listen to his story, note what you think are his symptoms and determine your diagnosis.  
  • Lucy has a consistent need to be recognized as the center of attention in any social situation she is in, no matter where she is or who she is with. She flaunts how she looks and believes that all men have great desire for her. Her bubble is about to burst, though, as a former lover has begun posting unflattering photos of her with cruel, hurtful messages on social media. The impact of these actions on her daily life and her sense of self are subtly on display for the viewer as they watch the video. Witnessing Lucy in her truest form, learners observe her mannerisms, behaviors, and thought patterns, as they seek understanding of her condition and her outlook on the world.  
  • Sean presents for therapy looking for help with his temper. He has allowed his anger and frustration to take over, and he is aware of the negative impact it has had on his life and his relationships. He explains that he actively looks to create conflict when he feels disrespected, and he often finds himself feeling victimized by others. These are all clues the viewer can use to provide a potential diagnosis of Sean's disorder.  
  • Lucas has a dark secret that could destroy his entire existence, and he has been struggling for years to keep it secret and to keep himself from hurting others because of it. Despite all indications that he is a "normal" dependable man, Lucas has a strong sexual attraction to prepubescent children. He has managed to control his thoughts and has never pursued actual sex with a child, but he the attraction is strong and has to resort to slightly less-problematic, but still illegal, immoral means to satisfy his urges. As a result, he was recently arrested for possession of child pornography. As viewers observe Lucas in his most honest state, they see the conflicts and deep disturbances that control his mind. It is obvious that Lucas knows his urges are bad and can hurt other people greatly, but he also feels like he is the victim of a society that refuses to understand him.  
  • Camila has been experiencing isolated incidents where her mood drops considerably, and she feels extremely low. She is overwhelmed by the depression and helpless to fight it and has been increasingly thinking about suicide.  
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