Psychological Disorder Analysis

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Marla has come to the mental health clinic because she has concern about specific symptoms she is having. Marla complains of trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all the time", and an inability to concentrate. The symptoms are interfering with her work, where she is an accountant. In this paper, it will be determined any possible disorders Marla may have, the causes for possible disorders, and treatments for the disorders. With proper care and diagnosis, Marla will soon be able to return to her normal life.

Pre-DiagnosisBefore a diagnosis can be made, we need to know some things about Marla's lifestyle. The only background that is given about Marla other than her symptoms, is that she is 42 years old, Hispanic, female and her job title is an accountant. At first glance, Marla seems that she may be suffering from a general anxiety disorder based on sociocultural factors. This is based solely on her symptoms alone.

In order to learn more about Marla a clinical assessment needs to be made.

DiagnosisAfter reviewing the Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive Application, I have concluded that Marla suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Although most ADHD is diagnosed in childhood, if left untreated, it can affect an adult in much of the same ways it affects children. In this case, it seems that Marla developed ADHD as a child, but unfortunately her disorder went untreated.

Marla is showing all the symptoms for ADHD as described in the Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive Application. Marla's symptoms are interfering with her work and personal life, as she is unable to concentrate, has trouble sleeping and is very restless. Marla's ADHD is due to both biological and sociocultural factors. Marla's job profession is an accountant and this contributes to her inability to focus because she is...