For each question a minimum of 250 words are needed,
Discover and review sources of information on the disorder from outside of the course materials, and present a description of some current issue or controversy in the diagnosis (not treatment) of this disorder. Choose a disorder from the DSM-5 in the gender dysphoria.
Be careful to analyze cultural influences in this controversy and to compare DSM-5 and ICD-10 terms.
Choose any of the childhood or adolescent disorders covered in the assigned readings in this unit except bipolar disorder. Discover and review sources of information on the disorder. Then respond to these topics:
Debate the pros and cons of a current issue or controversy related to the diagnosis (not treatment) of this disorder. Be sure to consider the cultural and ethnic aspects and impact of the diagnosis.
Present your arguments for the components of a state-of-the-art assessment that are needed to properly diagnose this disorder in children and adolescents. Be sure to consider:
Diagnostic ethical issues.
Sensitivity to diversity.
In recent years, there have been heated controversies about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Perhaps the most heated current controversy involves the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
Identify and summarize two articles on this controversy, and outline the primary points of disagreement.
Take a position on the controversy and justify it.
Is this a condition that has been improperly under-diagnosed in minors, or are proponents over-diagnosing bipolar disorder in difficult minors?
Support your arguments with appropriate citations.
Based upon your reading of all sources, respond to the following:
Is there value in keeping some diagnostic system? Why or why not?
If you believe that there is value in keeping some diagnostic system, what would it consist of?
Would it look like the DSM-5 or something different?
If different, what would the features be?
The journal articles assigned for this unit can serve as one set of ideas, but feel free to use other sources.
Based upon your experiences and learning throughout this course, respond to the following:
How has your personal opinion about diagnosis changed since the beginning of this course?
What position do you see diagnosis occupying in the larger social or political context?
What measures might you take to strike a balance between engaging the DSM fully enough to use it well and with precision, yet maintaining an intelligently critical stance toward it?