Name: Ally Chen
Gender: female
Age: 44 years old, Asian
Background: Only child, raised by parents in Philadelphia, PA. Has PhD in biology and master’s
degree in high school education (8–12). Her supervisor has asked the school EAP counselor to
intervene with concerns regarding potential substance use in effort to facilitate getting her help
and be able to retain her. She endorsed having problem with alcohol. Her father she stated was an alcoholic but became sober later. She’s been drinking since she went to College but is drinking more now. She is divorced, has a 4-year-old son who lives with his father. Appetite healthy, sleeping 9 hours/24 hrs., wakes 2-3 times during the night. Denied drug use. Had DUI
when she was age 21.
• Consider what history would be necessary to collect from this patient.
• Consider what interview questions you would need to ask this patient.
• Identify at least three possible differential diagnoses for the patient.
Complete and submit your Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, including your differential diagnosis and critical-thinking process to formulate primary diagnosis.
Incorporate the following into your responses in the template:
• Subjective: What details did the patient provide regarding their chief complaint and symptomology to derive your differential diagnosis? What is the duration and severity of their symptoms? How are their symptoms impacting their functioning in life?
• Objective: What observations did you make during the psychiatric assessment? 
• Assessment: Discuss the patient’s mental status examination results. What were your differential diagnoses? Provide a minimum of three possible diagnoses with supporting evidence, listed in order from highest priority to lowest priority. Compare the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for each differential diagnosis and explain what DSM-5-TR criteria rules out the differential diagnosis to find an accurate diagnosis. Explain the critical-thinking process that led you to the primary diagnosis you selected. Include pertinent positives and pertinent negatives for the specific patient case.
• Reflection notes: What would you do differently with this client if you could conduct the session over? Also include in your reflection a discussion related to legal/ethical considerations (demonstrate critical thinking beyond confidentiality and consent for treatment!), health promotion and disease prevention taking into consideration patient factors (such as age, ethnic group, etc.), PMH, and other risk factors (e.g., socioeconomic, cultural background, etc.).




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