In this module, you learned about disorders from four separate diagnostic categories. The first category, dissociative disorders, is characterized by a disruption in memory or consciousness. Somatic symptoms and related disorders are characterized by the manner in which people interpret distressing somatic symptoms. With sleep-wake disorders, it is important to remember that sleep problems are frequently associated with a variety of other diagnoses (depression, anxiety, etc.). Finally, feeding and eating disorders can occur in all life stages, with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa being two of the most common types. Understanding the criteria for, as well as the similarities and differences between, disorders is an important component of the diagnostic process.
In a minimum of 300 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:
- Choose a minimum of two disorders from one or two of the diagnostic categories reviewed in this module.
- Compare the symptoms (i.e., duration, severity, frequency, etc.) and developmental and cultural considerations.
- Discuss potential treatment options for the disorders chosen.
Support your rationale and analysis by using at least two resources from professional literature in your response. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (websites ending in .edu or .gov).
Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders
Feeding and Eating Disorders