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Analyzing Psychological Disorders
Becca Marlin/ PSY240
August 12, 2012
L. Renee Foster Herrmann

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I’m glad that I don’t live in the 1800’s. Did you know that back in the 1800’s when doctors were just beginning to understand psychological disorders, that if you were thought to suffer from a psychological disorder you could have holes drilled into your head or you could be put on any number of experimental drugs that could in fact make the condition worse or give you a whole new disorder?! Yes, I’m thankful for the scientists and researchers that paved the way for psychologists like me but it would’ve been a whole different ride back then. I spoke today in my interview about the
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These symptoms are more extreme and anyone showing signs of delusions or hallucinations will immediately be diagnosed as having schizophrenia. With diagnosis of schizophrenia doesn’t mean immediate medication as there is no cure or special pill that will make it all go away. The development of antipsychotic drugs have been around since the 1950’s with the discovery of chlorpromazine which is a dopamine blocker and antipsychotic but as many of the other treatments, this has severe side effects and should not be taken long term. Other drug therapies include antipsychotic medication mixed with cognitive behavioral therapy that includes illness management education, rehabilitation and support groups. There is no cure for this life consuming illness but there is hope. Analyzing Psychological Disorders Page 4

For my first case study I’m going to talk about Beth and the eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa. Eating disorders have become an epidemic in today’s society only the epidemic I’m referring to is obesity and not anorexia but I think that it is because of this epidemic the “classic” eating disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia are getting overlooked and almost laughed at. It is no laughing matter. First let’s define Anorexia Nervosa; it is a disorder characterized by periods of not eating interrupted by binging or eating huge amounts of food in a very short period of time followed by efforts to
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