What's Your Diagnosis?

In What's Your Diagnosis?, learners are placed directly "in session" with patients, offering a straightforward approach to test diagnostic skills. This method presents the patient's story without flashbacks, added scenes, or text, enabling students to assess their knowledge of the DSM criteria for disorders or engage in 'caseload' assessment exercises.

  • After Rosalyn was involved in a horrific traffic accident, she became deeply shaken by the gruesome, fatal injuries suffered by the other driver. She was unhurt physically, but two weeks later, she is experiencing troubling imagery, nightmares, trouble concentrating, dread, and anger. In this video, the learner is inserted into the room with the therapist and the patient, allowing them to experience and observe the session in a raw, real way. In the behaviors and words spoken, clues reveal themselves, leading the viewer to a diagnosis.  
  • April has given herself over to her fear and anxiety. She is not sure why or how this happened to her, but she now is terrified to leave the house or venture into the unknown. She was previously cautious but things recently turned extreme. This video puts the learner into the room with her, as she explores the factors and symptoms of her condition and explains how she wound up like this.  
  • Cliff Bennett looks at his life as a series of compromises and failures that have led him to an unstable, uncertain place in the world. A disappointment in the eyes of his overbearing father, he settled for a career that he never wanted. A problematic marriage and divorce has led to estrangement from a daughter that he rarely sees and a lot of regret. He has been drinking progressively more over time to hide from his problems and his feelings, but he is confident it is not a problem. As the viewer witnesses Cliff's testimonial first-hand, they have the opportunity to observe his mannerisms, behaviors, and approach to telling his story. The details of the session reveal clues that indicate a potential diagnosis.  
  • Cliff was recently ordered to attend therapy after a DUI arrest. He is struggling with a failing business and other personal issues and is having trouble dealing with the pressures of his life without drinking. He spends time and energy hiding his drinking from his family and those around him. This video uses cinematic approaches, like flashbacks and reenactments, to bring the viewer deeper into Cliff's story, providing helpful context that enforces the details of his struggle. As the viewer watches the session, they witness Cliff as he describes his issues and attempts to justify the way he copes with everything. These details inform the learner as they search for a potential diagnosis.  
  • Cliff has been a heavy drinker for some time now. He came to the realization he needed to change his ways after suffering personal and professional problems as a result of his drinking. Now, a couple of days after taking his last drink, he's feeling overwhelmed by physical and emotional problems, including feeling irritable, exasperated, angry, self-pitying, and desperate. Cliff tells his story as they viewer witnesses his mannerisms and behaviors in a raw, authentic way. Through their words and actions, a potential diagnosis can be formed.  
  • Natalie's struggles with her weight had been progressing from her childhood through high school, but now that she is in college, surrounded by thin, beautiful women, she has begun resorting to extreme measures to keep her weight down. As the viewer observes her meeting with a therapist, they see firsthand the impact her disorder is having on her life and on her being. Mannerisms and speech provide clues to her diagnosis and give a window into the internal struggle.  
  • When Bobby was a kid, his father was violent and abusive, so Bobby decided to get revenge by poisoning dad's dog. That was just the beginning. Stealing cars as a teenager and committing other crimes kept him going in and out of jail for most of his young life. Now in his 30s, he continues his patterns of behavior, though he has evolved to a place where he considers himself a true artist of the con. His lifestyle includes gambling, reckless driving, and substance abuse, but he thinks he has it all under control. In this video, learners have the unique opportunity to observe Bobby at his most honest, reflective time. As they watch his therapy session, his mannerisms, behaviors, and words are on display, allowing the learner to assess and consider potential diagnoses on the spot.  
  • Katie is a confident, happy little girl, but she is having some behavioral problems and is unable to focus and make friends. Her father is concerned that she has a disability or disorder that could keep her from reaching her potential and could lead to bigger problems down the line. Learners observe the two of them providing details about Katie's condition, and her actions and behaviors are on display live in the session.  
  • Eight year old, Zach doesn't act like other children his age. His father has come in today to talk about his son. This video is designed for you to determine a diagnosis based on the information Zack's father reveals to you. Pay close attention to the details of Zack's behavior and especially the time lines his father shares with you. These are important clues you'll need to determine your diagnosis.  
  • Everyone says Teri is just shy, but she thinks there's more to it than that. She finds herself to be less than other people, as she is socially inept and generally unappealing in her mind, so she is incredibly uncomfortable around other people and in social situations. She actively avoids scenarios she thinks she will be judged or embarrassed by, which includes turning down a promotion at work because she is terrified she will fail and be exposed. She wants success and love and everything else life has to offer, but she still chooses to be safe and comfortable by herself. As Teri describes her thoughts and feelings, the viewer sees the reality of how she feels. This raw look at her therapy session allows learners to put themselves in the shoes of her therapist, searching for clues and indications of the truth within Teri's words and behaviors.  
  • Fiona is pursuing therapy to deal with concerns that she no longer has control over her eating habits. She has kept the details of her condition secret from those closest to her, but she is finally ready to open up to a therapist in hopes of getting help. Viewers are invited to watch as she lays out the details of her condition and recounts the impact it has on her life and her health. Subtle and overt clues are provided in the moment that can be used to formulate a potential diagnosis.  
  • Nia presents for therapy after her steadily declining mental condition manifested in erratic, dangerous behavior that concluded with her being jailed. She explained that she was once a confdent, happy woman, but she is now at the mercy of a disorder that causes her mood to fluctuate greatly. She noted that, at times, she feels so energized and strong that she can accomplish anything, which may have been what led her to drop everything and embark on an ill-planned cross-country road trip. As viewers listen to her recall the details of the incident and explain her condition, they observe clues about her symptoms and utilize the information to figure out an appropriate diagnosis for her condition.  
  • Bill has appeared for therapy with complaints of an increasingly fluctuating mood. He explains that, at times, he feels very hyper, but at other times, he is severely depressed. He notes that he wasn't always like this, and the onset of the condition has him deeply concerned about his future. Viewers are given an opportunity to observe Bill's mannerisms and actions in the session and encouraged to utilize the clues available in the video to determine a potential diagnosis.  
  • Randall always dreamed of having an incredibly muscular, lean physique, like the athletes, wrestlers, and superheroes he idolized as a child. He is completely dedicated to his diet and exercise routine and everybody around him is impressed by how great of shape he is in, but for some reason, Randall does not see himself the same way. He is particularly interested in growing a specific muscle group, but he has not been able to see any real progress, which has led him to feel terribly about the whole endeavor. As the viewer observes Randall's session, they see the realities of his situation as he talks about his perception and his expectations for himself. Through his mannerisms and behaviors, clues to the disorder he is struggling with are revealed.  
  • Angela puts a lot of effort into being a good friend, good girlfriend, and a good person, but she doesn't feel she gets the appreciation she deserves to the point where she feels as if she is being cruelly abused by others. In her recollection, every time she becomes close with someone, they ultimately hurt her or distance themselves from her. She has been told that it is hard to be around her because she is so intense with her love and affection, but she does not understand how that is possible. As viewers watch her session, they are witness to her speech and behavioral patterns, each revealing a little more about her and her condition. Through direct observation, symptoms and clues to her diagnosis are revealed.  
  • Henry has shown up for therapy to explore why he temporarily became emotionally and mentally unstable following a difficult time at work. He explains that when confronted with troubles in his career, he mysteriously began experiencing severe symptoms, including confusion and hallucinations, and that his actions during this time led to significant personal and professional problems. He reports that the condition has passed, but he is deeply concerned that it will happen again, as he has no idea what caused it in the first place. It is up to the viewer to listen and observe the clues presented in Henry's session to figure out the potential diagnosis for his condition.  
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