Psychological Disorder Analysis Case Study

Psychological Disorder Analysis
A case study and explanation of psychological disorders.
# 149201 | 1,340 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper addresses the subject of psychological disorders and the problems associated with making a diagnose. It goes on to discuss a case study of a woman presenting herself at a mental health clinic with psychological problems.

From the Paper:

"There are various psychological disorders, many of them having several similar traits. To understand and diagnose a psychological disorder it is important to know what sort of symptoms a person is experiencing, how long these symptoms have persisted, and what sort of events trigger these symptoms, along with various other factors. The following scenario describes a few symptoms that must be diagnosed. But an accurate diagnosis cannot be made without asking general questions about this person and considering other factors that may be contributing to her symptoms.
"Marla is a 42-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and an inability to concentrate. These symptoms are causing problems for her at work, where she is an accountant.
"A possible diagnosis for Marla's symptoms may be OCD. OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessions are intruding or involuntary thoughts. These thoughts are consuming to a person with OCD and are usually followed by compulsions, or repetitive, ritualistic behaviors that a person feels compelled to perform as a way to reduce the anxiety they are feeling. These thoughts and actions are distressing to those with obsessive-compulsive disorder because they feel powerless to overcome their fixations. Their brain seems to get stuck in a particular thought, image, or impulse and cannot seem to let it go, and for the person suffering from this disorder the only way to get past these thoughts, images, and impulses is to act on their compulsions. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Comer, R. J. (2005). Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (4th ed.). New York: Worth.
  • (2007). Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive. McGraw Hill Higher Education Web site.

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