PSYC120 – Abnormal Psychology Career Connect Assignment

PSYC120 – Abnormal Psychology Career Connect Assignment This Assignment is worth 15% of your grade Deadline Due by the end of Week 3, 4, and 6 at 11:59 pm, ET. Outcomes Completing this Assessment will help you to meet the following: Course Outcomes • Identify common psychiatric disorders including diagnostic criteria and treatment considerations. • Explore the differences in selected, specific categories of DSM-V. Directions In Weeks 3, 4, and 6, you will have two case studies per week presented with some commonly confused disorders. You will need to appropriately diagnose the case studies and then recommend treatment options based on information from the lectures and supplemental materials. The case studies are unique for each week in that they deal with some of the disorders discussed in that particular week. Before reviewing the week’s case studies, you will also be presented with a video to help you in your diagnosis and treatment plan. Case Study 1: Week 3 Watch the video below before starting the case studies for this week. What is the difference between Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzHVzWLeIfg 1. Client A is a 25-year-old female, 5’7, and currently weighs 105 pounds. She has dropped over 30 pounds in the past two months. She has always struggled with holding on to a few extra pounds, but has finally found a way to lose the weight. She has increased her daily exercise from an hour a day to three hours, reduced her daily calorie intake drastically, and often declines meals or says she will eat later on, but doesn’t. When she does eat with others, she tends to push her food around on her plate or offers to let others try her food, thus making it appear she has finished her meal or eaten more of it than she actually has. At times, she is obsessive about the amount of calories she eats. For example, she tells a story about a time when she went out with friends to a pizza restaurant. She tried to PSYC120 – Career Connect Case Studies 2 order just a salad, but the restaurant was out of lettuce due to a recall of the product recently. So, she ate a piece of pizza. Feeling terribly conscious of the number of calories in that one slice, she increased her regular daily exercise from three hours to five. She also reports feeling anxious if she cannot get the full three hours of exercise in–so much so that she has left work claiming to be sick so she can ensure that she does exercise that length of time. 2. Client B is a 32-year-old male, 6’2, and currently weighs 170 pounds. He reports he has been active in football all of his life and also wrestled in college. After entering the NFL draft and being selected to play for a professional football team, he learned he had to maintain a specific weight or face a fine. He has entered a cycle of binging and purging. He admits some of his behaviors started in college when he was wrestling and began to put on a few extra pounds because of the food available. He recalls one specific incident when he went to weigh in before a match and was two pounds over the class he wrestled in. The suggestion offered was that he to go to the bathroom and make himself throw up. He did and weighed in again. He then met the maximum weight allowed for his weight class to wrestle. This happened for the next three meets, so to avoid the embarrassment he started taking a laxative before he went to bed the night prior to a meet. This allowed him to quickly shed pounds and “make weight” before each meet. Later he found himself dealing with anxiety and would eat many calorie-loaded foods in one sitting. The current problem is that he cannot control the cycles of binging and purging he engaged in during college. He prefers the use of laxatives over vomiting, largely because he doesn’t have to make himself do anything, except take the laxative. However, he is complaining of some issues having a bowel movement without the laxative. After reading the case studies, answer the following questions in an essay format of at least 250 words. Ensure you have an introduction, body, and conclusion. • • What is the diagnosis for each scenario presented this week? o Include a detailed justification for the diagnosis. When you provide the justification, make sure to describe the symptoms the individual has that meet the diagnostic criteria of that disorder. What is an appropriate treatment option for the individual scenarios? o Include a detailed justification for the treatment option selected. When you provide justification for the treatment option, use information from the lectures or supplemental resources to explain why that treatment is appropriate for the individual and/or their diagnosis. PSYC120 – Career Connect Case Studies 3 Case Study 2: Week 4 Watch the first three minutes of the video below before starting the case studies for this week. What is the difference between social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB5outFW0fU&t=110s 1. Client C is a 30-year-old female who reports having a longtime issue with leaving her home. She is extremely fearful of experiencing a panic attack in public. She reports that these feelings started after a mugger attacked her. Now every time she tries to leave her home she begins to have a panic attack or worries that she will have one. She denies having any flashbacks or nightmares of the mugging, but the thought of going outside her home fills her with such fear, she feels she just can’t do it. She has no problems with people coming to visit her and is often the host of dinner parties for her friends. 2. Client D is a 27-year-old male who reports feeling uncomfortable in social situations. Lately he has started to avoid going out with friends because the interaction with others causes such nervousness that it is easier to just not go. He recently changed jobs because he couldn’t handle the sales calls he had to make to clients. He changed divisions and now only has to send emails, which he is much more comfortable with. His dating life has suffered because he has had difficulty engaging in conversation with new people. He reports feeling anxiety whether he will be interacting with a group or only one other person. He feels overwhelming worry thinking about whether others will judge him or think poorly of him. He reports that his family has complained that he rarely visits them anymore. When questioned further as to why he has stopped visiting, he says his siblings are all married and conversing with their spouses is difficult. After reading the case studies, answer the following questions in an essay format of at least 250 words. Ensure you have an introduction, body, and conclusion. • • What is the diagnosis for each scenario presented this week? o Include a detailed justification for the diagnosis. When you provide the justification, make sure to describe the symptoms the individual has that meet the diagnostic criteria of that disorder. What is an appropriate treatment option for the individual scenarios? o Include a detailed justification for the treatment option selected. When you provide justification for the treatment option, use information from PSYC120 – Career Connect Case Studies 4 the lectures or supplemental resources to explain why that treatment is appropriate for the individual and/or their diagnosis. Case Study 3: Week 6 Watch the video below before starting the case studies for this week. What is the difference between borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1oRnWkRp0 1. Client E is a 30-year-old male who reports having changes in mood that seem to cycle weekly. One week he has lots of energy and sleeps very little and the next week he cannot drag himself from his bed and wants nothing to do with anyone around him. He reports some occasional irritability, but feels it is largely due to the increased energy he experiences. He describes his thoughts as “racing” and others have noticed that sometimes he cannot grab one thought long enough to continue a conversation clearly. During the interview, he appears very depressed and disheveled. When questioned about the last time he bathed, he was unsure how long it had been. He currently denies having thoughts of suicide. When asked about the times he has more energy, he indicates these times are “great and wonderful.” During these times, he meets lots of people because he goes out daily and interacts with others. The lack of sleep during these times allows him to get a lot accomplished, but he is concerned with how his mood and energy levels seem to plummet afterwards. The other thing he admits is he tends to spend a lot of money during these high energy times. This indiscriminate spending has led to some financial difficulties for him. When he feels more depressed he tends to eat a lot and lay around in his bed. 2. Client F is a 28-year-old female presenting in crisis. Her mother has kicked her out of the house for violating rules that were set up when her mother agreed to let her move back in. The client is looking for help getting a place to stay. When offered the option of a shelter, the client became very angry and demanded that the interviewer pay for a hotel room. When told this was not an option she began to question why the interviewer wouldn’t help her. After explaining that the interviewer was trying to help and offering to call a friend, the client indicated she didn’t have any friends anymore because they “all left her.” She describes her relationships as difficult and explains that people often leave her after they have a disagreement. She also reports she sometimes feels like she doesn’t know who she really is. When asked to clarify, she mentions that her interests tend to change quickly, to the point that others have noticed these dramatic shifts. She PSYC120 – Career Connect Case Studies 5 describes some mood swings, but these primarily occur when dealing with other people. She can be fine one minute and then going off on another person the next. She denies current suicidal thoughts, but admits to having had them in the past. She has also attempted suicide in the past. When pushed, she admitted these feelings tend to happen when people leave her. After reading the case studies, answer the following questions in an essay format of at least 250 words. Ensure you have an introduction, body, and conclusion. • • What is the diagnosis for each scenario presented this week? o Include a detailed justification for the diagnosis. When you provide the justification, make sure to describe the symptoms the individual has that meet the diagnostic criteria of that disorder. What is an appropriate treatment option for the individual scenarios? o Include a detailed justification for the treatment option selected. When you provide justification for the treatment option, use information from the lectures or supplemental resources to explain why that treatment is appropriate for the individual and/or their diagnosis. PSYC120 – Career Connect Case Studies Criteria Diagnoses 45 points Treatment Recommendations 45 points Mechanics 10 points 6 PSYC120 – Career Connect Grading Rubric Exceeds Meets Expectations Needs Improvement Expectations 38 – 45 points Appropriately diagnoses the individuals in the case studies. Diagnoses are accurate and justified with supporting information. 30 – 37 points Appropriately diagnoses the individuals in the case studies but the diagnoses are not justified with supporting information or some of the information is inaccurate. 0 – 29 points Does not appropriately diagnose the individuals in the case studies and no justification is given to support the diagnoses. 38 – 45 points The treatment recommendations are appropriate for the individuals in the case studies, are sensible for the disorders specified, and are justified with supporting information. 30 -37 points The treatment recommendations are appropriate for the individuals in the case studies and sensible for the disorders specified, but there is no justification to support the recommendations or some of the information is inaccurate/inappropriate. 7 -8 points There are fewer than three errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. These errors do not distract the reader or cloud meaning. Student uses 1” margins and 12pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. 0 –29 points The treatment recommendations are not appropriate for the disorders or the individuals in the case studies and there is no justification to support the recommendations. 9 -10 points There is no more than one error in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The error does not distract the reader or cloud meaning. Student uses 1” margins and 12pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. 0 – 6 points There are four or more errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. These errors distract the reader and/or cloud meaning. Student does not use 1” margins and 12pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. Total Points: Instructor Comments: Points