The Developmental History of a Seven-Year-Old Boy with a Psychopathological Condition
In this case study, we will be discussing the developmental history of a seven-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a psychopathological condition. In order to do this, we will first need to briefly outline what a psychopathological condition is. A psychopathological condition is defined as a mental disorder that is characterized by abnormal thoughts, emotions, and behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). This can include conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
It is important to use the developmental history of different patients in the studies aimed at delineating the historical and current events in a patient’s life. Developmental history taking is defined as “the process of learning about an individual’s life experiences from birth to the present” (Berger, 2006, p. 4). This information can be used to better understand how a patient’s current condition came to be, and can also help to identify any possible risk factors for future mental health problems.
In this case study, we will be looking at the developmental history of a seven-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a psychopathological condition. We will be discussing his early childhood development, as well as any significant events that may have occurred during his pre-school and elementary school years. We will also be looking at his family and home life, as well as the reasons for referral and his current medical status. Finally, we will discuss the contact persons involved in his care.
2. Developmental history of the seven-year-old boy
The seven-year-old boy in this case study was born full-term without any complications. He met all of his milestones during his early childhood development, including crawling, walking, and talking. He attended pre-school and did well in all areas of his development. He had no problems making friends, and he was always eager to please his teachers.
During his elementary school years, the boy began to experience some difficulties. He began to withdraw from social activities and became more withdrawn overall. He also began to have academic difficulties, and he was eventually diagnosed with a learning disability. The boy’s parents divorced when he was six years old, which may have contributed to his increasing withdrawal and isolation.
3. Reason for referral
The boy was referred to mental health services due to his increasing withdrawal and isolation. His parents were concerned about his wellbeing, and they felt that he was not thriving in school or socially. They also reported that he had begun to exhibit some concerning behaviors, such as hitting himself and pulling out his own hair. TheReferral reason: Clinical features suggestive of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); however ASD diagnosis not yet made.” – pediatrician & psychiatrist report 7 year old boy's parents sought help because he was becoming more withdrawn socially was beginning t show concerning behaviors likehitting himself & pulling out his own hair.”, “DSM-5”, “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, “Asperger's Disorder”, "Pervasive Developmental Delay – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)" are various disorders that may have same or similar symptoms.” Differential Diagnosis:’, 'Anxiety Disorder', 'Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder', 'Depressive Disorder', 'Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder', 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'”, ‘Theory of Mind’, ‘joint attention’, ‘repetitive behaviors or interests’, ‘Social skills deficits’, ‘Presence of atypical behaviors’, ‘Poor eye contact’, ‘Delayed speech and language development’, ‘Motor skill delays or abnormalities’,
4. Medical status
The boy is currently on medication for his psychopathological condition. He is also receiving therapy, which is helping him to cope with his condition and to improve his social skills. His parents are satisfied with his current treatment plan, and they feel that he is making progress.
5. Contact persons
The boy’s primary care provider is his pediatrician. He is also under the care of a psychiatrist. His parents are his main caregivers, and they are also involved in his treatment plan. His teachers are also important contact persons, as they are able to provide information about his progress in school.
In conclusion, the developmental history of a seven-year-old boy with a psychopathological condition can be used to better understand his current condition and to identify any possible risk factors for future mental health problems. His parents’ divorce, as well as his increasing withdrawal and isolation, may have contributed to his current condition. His current treatment plan appears to be successful, and he is making progress in school and in his social skills.