Cases That Test Your Skills

Cases That Test Your Skills

For 8 years, she’s been ‘spellbound’

A longstanding seizure disorder has left Ms. A disabled, dependent, and depressed. Neurologists say she has epilepsy. Is this diagnosis correct?...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A ‘bad’ boy’s behavior problems

Two weeks after changing medications, a hyperactive 11-year-old becomes manic and attempts suicide. Is the new regimen or an undiagnosed mental...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The skinny on one patient’s psychosis

Diet pills purchased online appear to be making Ms. P paranoid, but routine urine screens are negative. What’s causing her delusional episodes?

Cases That Test Your Skills

The patient who got sick at sea

Well-controlled on lithium and fluoxetine, Ms. Q has a hypomanic episode while on a cruise. Is it a breakthrough relapse, SSRI-induced switch, or...

Cases That Test Your Skills

When depression treatment goes nowhere

Mr. D’s mood symptoms persist after 1 year of therapy. You suspect a medical cause but he can’t afford routine lab tests. How would you get this...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Nothing more than feelings?

A psychiatrist becomes morally outraged while hearing a convicted pedophile’s story. How can the therapist confront his emotions without...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A suicidal injection obsession

Mr. F’s uncontrollable urge to ingest poisons has caused neurotoxic depression and other symptoms. A death wish or impulse control disorder? You...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Why me? One youth’s quest for sanity

Matthew’s rapid swings from psychosis to euphoria, depression, and rage defy diagnosis. The challenge: help this brilliant teen survive high...

Cases That Test Your Skills

When treatment spells trouble

Ms. G thinks nursing home workers want to kill her. An antipsychotic could decrease her paranoia, but she’s prone to neuroleptic malignant...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Getting to the heart of panic disorder

Mr. P suffers anxiety spells and feels faint, breathless, and near collapse. Numerous doctors could not find the cause. Are these episodes panic...

Cases That Test Your Skills

From active to apathetic

Once energetic and outgoing, Mr. A, age 66, is tired and withdrawn. His physical and social skills are rapidly deteriorating. Can you determine...

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