The sign of an effective clinician is the ability to identify the criteria that distinguish the diagnosis from any other possibility (otherwise known as a differential diagnosis). An ambiguous clinical diagnosis can lead to a faulty course of treatment and hurt the client more than it helps. In this Assignment, using the DSM-5 and all of the skills you have acquired to date, you assess an actual case client named L who is presenting certain psychosocial problems (which would be diagnosed using Z codes).

To prepare: Use a differential” diagnosis process and analysis of the Mental Status Exam in “The Case of L” (ATTACHED) to determine if the case meets the criteria for a clinical diagnosis.

Submit a 5- to 7 page paper in which you:

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