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Depression: A Case Study

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A hospital was encouraged strongly by a husband that his wife mental status warren assessment. Therefore, the woman was hospitalized voluntarily for depression. The husband provided information to the hospital on the women’s current state because the woman has failed to display coherent behavior and effectively communicate with personnel at the time of admission.
At the onset of assessment by a staff-counseling psychologist, the woman seemed to relax and share some of her thoughts and feeling. As the assessment process continued, the psychologist was able to ascertain that the issue with depression appeared to be a relevantly recent development. Additionally, the depression appeared to be the result of heighten conflicts between the woman and her husband pertaining to alleged extra material affairs. In conversation with the psychologist, the woman claimed to feel “overwhelmed”; her husband filing for divorce triggered the feelings she inferred, which reportedly lead to her breakdown. However, the psychologist has since discovered that the husband denies the affairs and attributes this to the depression. Additionally, the husband claims that the termination of the marriage is a result of the deterioration of his wife’s mental state.
Further, tests conclude that the woman is suffering from major depression and avoidant personality disorders. She has displayed serve shyness and alarming high sensitively, as well as she appears intimated easily by others. Moreover, it appears the woman personal affairs have been managed by her husband, which seems to have affected her abilities to function. Because of this data, the psychologist concludes that he does not believe the woman and does not make mention of the information in his assessment report.
In ordered to ensure the woman is receiving the appropriate care the husband claimed, he asked for a copy of the report, the psychologist checked with the client and the wife stated “Whatever he wants” this response prompt the psychologist to ask the woman “what do you want” The woman replies “ My Children”. In light of this information, the psychologist becomes concern that the information within the assessment report could have a negative influence on a custody cast if one so occurs. Thereafter, the psychologist regrets not placing the husbands supposed misgiven regarding in the report.
Utilitarian Theory
In analyzing this case, the psychologist appears to be presented with several ethical dilemmas. As a professional, a psychologist is bound to conduct himself in a way that causes no harm to the client as suggested by the “Ethical Principles of Psychologist and Code of Conduct’ (APA, 2002 3.04). Additionally, a psychologist has an obligation to provide the client the upmost relief based on the level of their competency (APA, 2002, 2.01). Therefore, in considering the best course of action regarding perceived ethical or legal issues the...

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