Psychological Disorder Analysis

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Psychological Disorder Analysis

June 11, 2013

PSY 270

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 introduced to Marla who is suffering from an undiagnosed mental disorder which is interrupting her daily life as an accountant.

Case Study

Marla is a 42-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of having trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and experiencing an inability to concentrate. These symptoms are causing problems for her at work, where she is an accountant. Marla's symptoms are vague and could be caused by several different psychological disorders. Some possible disorders that could be causing Marla's symptoms are major depressive disorder, attention deficit disorder, dysthymic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Note that these are just some of the possible disorders that could be the culprit of Marla's symptoms.

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. In a preliminary observation Marla appears to suffer from Dysthymic disorder. I will discuss the origin of dysthymic disorder based on the socio-cultural viewpoint. During Marla's initial visit she complained of vague symptoms that included trouble sleeping, feeling anxious all the time, and not being able to concentrate. Marla believes that these symptoms are the cause for her decreased performance at work.

Background and History

After reviewing the disorders given in the Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive website, I believe that Marla is possibly suffering from a dysthymic disorder. There are questions that need to be asked in order for the psychologist to get a better understanding of Marla and her background. Marla's answers to...