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Psychological Disorder Analysis (Case Study Sample)


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. Resources: Appendix A, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, and the Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive application at the McGraw Hill Higher Education Web site Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper analyzing Marla??


Dysthymic Disorder

Disorders incapacitate normal performances of those who put up with them. They occur in diverse varieties and in the history of disorders; many regions in the world have experienced them and are thus a common occurrence in many societies in the world today. Unlike diseases that cause physical inabilities in normal functioning, disorders are undetectable by ordinary people unless victims’ observed behaviors have reached chronic stages that involves human lives interferences through destructive activities. There are no restrictions in age limits for disorders and thus everyone is prone to undergo some kind of a disorder, usually detectable from childhood (Corner, 2010, p.4).
From the symptoms seen when I asked Maria to tell me about herself, she seems to suffer from a disorder called Dysthymic disorder. By definition, Dysthymic Disorder is a growth disorder characterized with a lot of nervousness like the “jumpy all the time feeling”, lack of attention, disinterested tendencies in activities, loss of sleep for several days and esteem –related problems. It starts to show up in children from the ages of seven and above. It is projected from the case when I asked Maria; tell me what your life was like growing up, that victims of this type of disorder usually undergo long durations of this bout if not detected and treated and can thus persists for many years. In cases where diagnosis fails or is absent, victims tend to think the continual depression is a part of their daily lives and thus consider it a normal behavior for them although this behavior is not present at childhood evident from Marias answer on asking “What type of social background did you have as a child”.
This condition is not inborn but rather acquired at some point in life especially after acquisition of major depressive experiences. Due to its nature, it affects more adults as compared to children and has been observed to be more prevalent on women than men in adulthood due to the fact that they are prone to more stress resulting from emotional reactions but other studies have been indicative of more adolescent boys being prone to undergo this condition. Statistically, global occurrence is estimated to be for 3-5 percent of all people and thus is readily available. When I asked Maria “What is your take on therapy and why are you pursuing it” It can be said that misplaced understanding of the disorder on the victim’s side and immediate environment, ignorance has prevailed with dismissive claims on this condition describing this condition as simply ‘moody’ consequently resulting to substance abuse due to hardships in containment of depression levels in individuals with this (Corner, 2010, p.18).
This disorder and thus the term Dysthymic Disorder (or Dysthymia) emerged into the psychiatry world in the early eighties with definition that showed association of potential victims to their innate abilities for experiencing depressive moods. The introduction gave direct implication of direct association of potential acquisition to natural ability to undergo depression and thus those who frequently experience ...
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