DSM-IV Evaluation of Case Studies

Case Study 1 (Schizoid Personality Disorder) Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is characterized by a lack of emotional response, social relationships, and sexual interest. The causes of this personality disorder fall entirely in the realm of the environment, rather than any genetic or biologic considerations. The psychodynamic approach theorizes that an unaccepting or abusive parent-child relationship... Continue Reading →

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Diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder

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. Marla’s symptoms are consistent with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, specifically bipolar II... Continue Reading →

Difference Between Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

In the United States, some form of depression affects upwards of 10 percent of the population in any given year; whereas, only about 1 percent of adults worldwide are affected by bipolar disorders in the same timeframe (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Unipolar depression and bipolar disorder affect people from all socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds,... Continue Reading →

Having a Background in Psychology

Post your response to the following: Psychology has many applications in our lives, both professionally and personally. How can having a background in psychology help you in your professional life? How can it help you in your personal life? My goal in acquiring a degree in psychology is so that I can become certified to... Continue Reading →

How Does ADHD Differ From Disruptive Behavior Disorder

Post your response to the following: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a growing concern in the United States. How does ADHD differ from disruptive behavior disorder? How can these two disorders affect a classroom? Do you believe doctors over-prescribe medication for ADHD? Explain your answer. As I was reading about disruptive behavior disorder I was thinking... Continue Reading →

Anorexia Nervosa vs. Bulimia Nervosa

What are some differences between these two disorders? How do these disorders affect people who suffer from them? What leads a person to become either anorexic or bulimic? Are the causes internal, external, or both? Explain your answers. Well, anorexia nervosa involves the gradual caloric reduction of food until the body loses enough weight that... Continue Reading →

How Do Phobias Differ From Fears

Post your response to the following questions: How do phobias differ from fears? What types of phobias affect a person’s ability to function normally in society? How is his or her ability to function in society affected? What can cause a person to develop a phobia? The differences between phobias and normal fears center on... Continue Reading →

How Are Anxiety Disorders Viewed by Various Perspectives

Post your response to the following: Surveys suggest that up to 4% of the U.S. population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. How are anxiety disorders viewed by various psychological perspectives such as psychodynamic, biological, cognitive, and humanistic? With which perspective do you most agree? With which do you least agree? Explain your answers. The psychodynamic... Continue Reading →

Trends of Insurance Coverage

Choose one of these current trends listed above and address the following questions: What are the positive outcomes of this trend? What are the negative outcomes of this trend? How can these negative outcomes be minimized? The single biggest positive effect of the growing influence of insurance coverage specifically managed care programs, is that costs... Continue Reading →

The Four “Ds” of Abnormal Psychology

Post your response to the following: No single definition of psychological abnormality has been completely accepted by the psychological community. Many of the definitions include common features, known as "the four Ds." What are the four Ds? Briefly describe each one. How can culture determine what is considered abnormal? Cite specific examples. The four D’s... Continue Reading →

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