Psychological Disorder Analysis

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Psychological Disorder Analysis PSY/270 July 18, 2010 Aubrey Noble Psychological Disorder Analysis Psychological disorders can be very debilitating for those who suffer from them. Psychological disorders affect a person’s ability to function normally in their daily lives. In the following case study, you will be introduces to Marla, a Hispanic female who is suffering from an undiagnosed mental disorder. There are many different possible causes that are leading to Marla’s symptoms. A clinical interview will be performed in order to determine a correct diagnosis. Marla appears to suffer from Dysthymic disorder. I will discuss the origin of dysthymic disorder based on the socio-cultural viewpoint. Now that we have…show more content…
Do you have any recurring dreams that affect how you feel when you wake up in the mornings? Marla: I don’t think so. I just have problems with being able to sleep. I just can’t seem to get comfortable and my mind seems to race when I close my eyes. Tiffany: What about your social life? Do you have a lot of friends and stay closely connected to your family? Marla: I really don’t have any friends. I talk to people at work but I feel like they don’t want to do anything with me. As far as my family goes, we really don’t talk much. Tiffany: You said you feel jumpy all of the time. Can you explain to me how you feel jumpy? Is there anything that makes you feel more comfortable? Marla: I seem to get scared over the tiniest things and am always watching to see if someone is going to hurt me. I’m more comfortable when I’m alone but still can’t seem to find anything that makes me happy. Tiffany: Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts or thought about hurting yourself or others? Marla: No, not really. I’m afraid of dying and I could not do harm to anyone. Tiffany: Marla, I think I know what is causing your symptoms but there is just one more question I’d like to ask you. Do you feel as if you are all alone and cannot do anything to change the way you feel? Marla: Yes, that’s exactly how I feel. I feel like no matter what I do nothing ever seems to change. It’s like a cycle that has no end. Now that we have had a chance to discuss matters
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