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For discussion this week, select one of the psychological disorders to research more directly. Present a post that discusses the diagnosis that you have selected, including symptoms of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Do you think that we should use diagnoses? (Do you think that this helps the science of clinical psychology or do you think that diagnoses label individuals unfairly?)
Your original post should be between 200-300 words in length and include an extra citation and reference (outside of the course text/required materials) for full credit. Also, you should include at least one response post to a classmate. This post should be a minimum of 100 words. Original posts are due by Thursday night. Response posts are due by Sunday night.
I have chosen to go over the psychological disorder of Schizophrenia to research more directly. From the book I have come to understand Schizophrenia is a devestating psychological disorder that results in extreme disturbance in thought, perception, emotion, and behavior. ¨Schizophrenia can usually be diagnosed if: you’ve experienced 1 or more of the following symptoms most of the time for a month: delusions, hallucinations, hearing voices, incoherent speech, or negative symptoms, such as a flattening of emotions” (Crown, 2019). With these symptoms if one experiences them for a month consistently or even less than a month consistently you may be diagnosed with Schizophrenia from those consistent symptoms. These symptoms are just a few of the many. There are behavioral, cognitive, mood, psychological, and speech symptoms. Behavioral symptoms may include, “Lack of pleasure (anhedonia) Often associated with clinical depression, a lack of pleasure in things you once enjoyed can also be a symptom of schizophrenia, trouble with speech (alogia), affective flattening, trouble with daily tasks (avolition), decreased desire to socialize” (Kiefer, 2021). Cognitive symptoms may include, “possibly leading to difficulties with memory, attention, and concentration. People with schizophrenia may also have a harder time completing everyday tasks” (Kiefer, 2021). Mood symptoms of schizophrenia may include, “Periods of manic mood, with an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep over several days, and behaviors that are out of character” (Mayo Clinic, 2022). Psychological symptoms can include, “People with schizophrenia experience psychosis, which means they can have serious problems with thinking clearly, emotions, and knowing what is real and what is not” (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2022). Finally, speech symptoms include, “Schizophrenia may cause a type of speech difficulty called alogia. It’s thought that trouble with speech in schizophrenia is attributed to difficulties with putting thoughts together” (Kiefer, 2021). As far as treatment through reasearch I found “The best treatment for schizophrenia is a combination of medication, psychological treatment and community support” (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2022). With this schizophrenia has many impactful symptoms that can affect every aspect of life yet has a seemingly simple treatment. However, these treatments are only able to be given by certified professionals and are proven to have an impact on this psychological disorder.I believe these diagnoses help the science of clinical psychology because of the rarity of schizophrenia. Plus if schizophrenia can be genetic it would help for the children of schizophrenic people to be tested for it just in case as well as tested if symptoms begin to show because of the genetics. I also feel giving the diagnosis within the first month of consistent symptoms is positive because of the severity of these symptoms and the possibility of them worsening over time from lack there of treatment.
Diagnosis – Schizophrenia
Read about diagnosing schizophrenia. There’s no single test and the condition is usually diagnosed after assessment by a mental health specialist.
Learn about schizophrenia, including onset & symptoms, risk factors, treatments and therapies, how to help a loved one, & resources for more information.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Schizophrenia is a type of mental illness that can change how you think and act, as well as how you feel. Learn more about the symptoms here.
Schizoaffective disorder – Symptoms and causes
This mental health disorder includes schizophrenia symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness where a person has problems with thinking, emotions and knowing what’s real and what’s…
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