Diagnosis of Selected Case
This week, you learned that current research points to biological and environmental factors in the development, severity, and prognosis of schizophrenia. In this Application, you will consider how psychosocial and cultural aspects can affect a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
- Review your selected case study.
The Assignment: (1â€“2 pages)
- Complete a diagnosis for your selected case.
- Provide specific supporting information.
- Discuss the relevant psychosocial and cultural aspects that might support or challenge the diagnosis.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.
Submit your Assignment by Day 7.
Four Days of Symptoms and Rapid Recovery
Ronald was 32 years old and had worked successfully as a lawyer for 6 years. He was married with two young children and he had many close friends. One day he returned home early from work and was shocked to find his wife in bed with his best friend. His initial reaction was anger, followed by depression. However, within 2 days he began to hear voices that called his name and that said, â€œLove, love, love.â€ Ronald began to express odd ideas, speaking of fusing with God and dispensing peace on Earth. He also talked about needing to fight what he called the â€œgiant conspiracy.â€ During this time his affect was flat and he spoke in a slow and distinct manner. Ronald was admitted to hospital and was given medication. He and his wife also began marital therapy. Ronald showed rapid improvement of his symptoms and within 5 days of the onset of his initial symptoms he was back at work again. (Based on Janowsky et al., 1987.)