Critical Thinking in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis by Barbara Probst

By Barbara Probst

"This much-needed quantity brings to the clinician or pupil the very best critical-minded research via one of the most insightful thinkers approximately psychiatric analysis this day. The thought-provoking questions those essays bring up, and the multifaceted and provocative solutions they supply, domesticate sensitivity to the nuances of diagnostic evaluation that frequently makes the adaptation among scientific luck and failure." - Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, manhattan college Silver institution of Social paintings, New York

This transformative source demanding situations social staff and psychological wellbeing and fitness execs to reconsider their ways to evaluate and prognosis from the floor up. one of the book’s specified positive factors are its use of various lenses to ascertain a typical case and its representation of the way a number of views will be built-in for a richly textured portrait of the person in context. both an important is the book’s dedication to specialist improvement, from routines to enhance case conceptualization to ­strategies for educating and learning.

Topics include:

  • The DSM-5 definition of psychological illness: critique and alternatives.
  • Making overview judgements: macro, mezzo, and micro perspectives.
  • Neuroscience, resilience, and the embodiment of “mental” disorder.
  • Narrative, psychodynamic, and cultural conceptualizations of affliction.
  • Person-centered and contextualized analysis in psychological health.
  • Meeting the problem of training built-in assessment.

Critical pondering in medical evaluation and Diagnosis has a lot to provide pros, researchers, and educators within the fields of social paintings and psychological health and wellbeing.


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As Berganza et al. (2005) point out, diagnostic assessment often requires a double interpretation: The clinician’s interpretation of the patient’s interpretation of his/her own experience. There are now two layers between the symptom and the entity to which it is presumed to refer. A similar difficulty occurs when “hardware,” the organic structure of the brain, is confused with “software,” the psychological mechanisms through which a person experiences and participates in life. Dysfunctional behavior does not necessarily mean that something is wrong with the organic structure of the brain.

55). ” It is not necessarily that more people are being born with autism nowadays, for example; it may also be that more people are being diagnosed with autism. Because of public awareness, parents are more inclined to look for signs and to seek help, and clinicians to spot the hallmarks more readily. As diagnostic thresholds become relaxed, there is an increase in cases at the milder end of the spectrum. Because of softened borders and “diagnostic creep,” it is easier to gain entrance into the category.

In the absence of information that the diagnosis is wrong, it is assumed to be correct” (p. S10). When the diagnosis is incorrect, the physician may never know. 2 Epistemological Issues in Diagnosis and Assessment 33 Labels as Agents of Perception Labeling theory, also called “societal reaction theory,” focuses on the linguistic tendency of majorities to negatively label minorities or those seen as “deviant,” and asserts that society’s reaction to certain behavior, more than the behavior itself, is a key factor in an individual’s defining himself as disordered.

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