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Case Study: Dev Cordoba

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider the insights they provide about assessing and diagnosing anxiety, obsessive compulsive, and trauma-related disorders.
  • Review the Focused SOAP Note template, which you will use to complete this Assignment. There is also a Focused SOAP Note Exemplar provided as a guide for Assignment expectations.
  • Review the video, Case Study: Dev Cordoba. You will use this case as the basis of this Assignment. In this video, a Walden faculty member is assessing a mock patient. The patient will be represented onscreen as an avatar.
  • Consider what history would be necessary to collect from this patient.
  • Consider what interview questions you would need to ask this patient.

Walden University. (2021). Case study: Dev Cordoba. Walden University Canvas. https://waldenu.instructure.com

[MUSIC PLAYING] DR. JENNY: Hi there. My name is Dr. Jenny. Can you tell me your
name and how old you are? DEV CORDOBA: My name is Dev,
and I am seven years old. DR. JENNY: Wonderful. Dev, can you tell me what
the month and the date is? And where are we right now? DEV CORDOBA: Today
is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s March 17th. DR. JENNY: Do you
know where we are? DEV CORDOBA: We’re
at the school. DR. JENNY: Good. Did your mom tell you why
you’re here today to see me? DEV CORDOBA: She
thought you were going to help me be better. DR. JENNY: Yes, I
am here to help you. Have you ever come to see
someone like me before, or talked to someone like
me before to help you with your mood? DEV CORDOBA: No, never. DR. JENNY: OK. Well, I would like
to start with getting to know you a little bit
better, if that’s OK. What do you like to do for
fun when you’re at home? DEV CORDOBA: Oh, I have a dog. His name is Sparky. We play policeman in my room. And I have LEGOs, and I could
build something if you want. DR. JENNY: I would love to see
what you build with your LEGOs. Maybe you can bring that
in for me next appointment. Who lives in your home? DEV CORDOBA: My mom and my
baby brother and Sparky. DR. JENNY: Do you help
your mom with your brother? DEV CORDOBA: No. His breath smells like
bad milk all the time. [CHUCKLES] And he
cries a lot, and my mom spends more time with him. DR. JENNY: So how do you
feel most of the time? Do you feel sad or
worried or mad or happy? DEV CORDOBA: Worried. DR. JENNY: What types of
things do you worry about? DEV CORDOBA: I don’t
know, just everything. I don’t know. DR. JENNY: OK. So your mom tells me you also
have a lot of bad dreams. Can you tell me a little
more about your bad dreams, like maybe what they’re
about, how many nights you might have them? DEV CORDOBA: I dream
a lot that I’m lost, that I can’t find my mom
or my little brother. They seem like they happen
almost every night, but maybe not some nights. DR. JENNY: Now that
must feel horrible. Have you ever been lost before
when maybe you weren’t asleep? DEV CORDOBA: Oh, no. No. And I don’t like the dark. My mom puts me in a night
light with the door open, so I know she’s really there. DR. JENNY: That seems like
that probably would help. Do you like to go to school? Or would you rather not go? DEV CORDOBA: I worry
about by mom and brother when I’m at school. All I can think about
is what they’re doing, and if they’re OK. And besides, nobody
likes me there. They call me Mr. Smelly. DR. JENNY: Well. That’s not nice at all. Why do you feel
they call you names? DEV CORDOBA: I don’t know. But my mom says it’s because
I won’t take my baths. [SIGHS] She tells
me to, and it– and I have night accidents. DR. JENNY: Oh, how does
that make you feel? DEV CORDOBA: Sad and really bad. They don’t know how it feels for
their daddy to never come home. What if my mom
doesn’t come home too? DR. JENNY: Yes, you seem
to worry about that a lot. Does this worry stop you from
being able to learn in school? DEV CORDOBA: Well, [SIGHS]
my teacher is, all the time, telling me to sit
down and focus. And I get in trouble for
[SIGHS] looking out the window. And she moved my
chair beside her desk, but I don’t mind because
Billy leaves me alone now. DR. JENNY: Billy. Have you ever hit
Billy or anyone else? DEV CORDOBA: No, but I
did throw my book at him. DR. JENNY: Hmm. DEV CORDOBA: [CHUCKLES] DR. JENNY: What about yourself? Have you ever hit yourself or
thought about doing something to hurt yourself? DEV CORDOBA: No. DR. JENNY: OK. Well, Dev, I would like
to talk to your mom now. We’re going to work
together, and we’re going to help you feel
happier, less worried, and be able to
enjoy school more. Is that OK? DEV CORDOBA: Yes. Thank you. MISS CORDOBA: Hi. DR. JENNY: Thank you, Miss
Cordoba, for bringing in Dev. I feel we can help him. So tell me, what is your
main concerns for Dev? MISS CORDOBA: [SIGHS] Well,
he just seems so anxious and worried all the time, silly
things like I’m going to die, or I won’t pick
him up from school. He says I love his
brother more than him. He’ll throw things
around the house, and gets in trouble at
school for throwing things. He has a difficult
time going to sleep. He wants his lights on, doors
open, gets up frequently. And he’s all the time
wanting to come home from school, claims stomach
aches, and headaches almost daily. He won’t eat. He’s lost three pounds
in the past three weeks. Our pediatrician sent us to
you because he doesn’t believe anything is physically wrong. Oh, and I almost forgot. He still wets the bed at night. [SIGHS] We’ve tried everything. His pediatrician
did give him DDVAP, but it doesn’t seem to help. DR. JENNY: Hmm. OK. Can you tell me,
any blood relatives have any mental health
or substance use issues? MISS CORDOBA: No, not really. DR. JENNY: What
about his father? He said that he never came home? MISS CORDOBA: Oh, yes. His father was deployed with
the military when Dev was five. I told Dev he was on vacation. I didn’t know what to tell him. I thought he was too
young to know about war. And his father was
killed, so Dev still doesn’t understand that his
father didn’t just leave him. [SIGHS] I just feel so guilty
that all of this is my fault. DR. JENNY: Miss Cordoba,
you did the right thing by bringing in Dev. We can help you with him. MISS CORDOBA: Oh, tha


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