Case Study Development and Theoretical Explanation

| April 2, 2015
Case Study Development and Theoretical Explanation
In today’s world, stress is inescapable. Stress can be a major factor in physical and psychological illnesses. Stress is closely
related to fear, panic, and anxiety. A number of relatively common psychological disturbances share symptoms that include anxiety as a
central component. The somatic symptom disorders involve a preoccupation with the body or a medical illness. The dissociative
disorders involve an alteration in consciousness or memory such as amnesia or, in an extreme case, the development of multiple
personalities as in dissociative identity disorder.
Download and study the guidelines for developing cases. Develop one original fictional case study that portrays a specific diagnosis
within the categories of: anxiety, somatic symptom disorders, or dissociative disorders.
The case description must include all of the DSM criteria necessary to diagnose that disorder, but may also include additional
symptoms not found within that diagnostic category. Include some demographic background of the fictional case subject. This portion of
the assignment should be 1 to 1 ½ pages.
Mental health professionals are often trained in one or more theoretical orientations. Each theoretical orientation provides a
specific insight into why a person acts the way he or she does. The theoretical orientation also guides the professional’s choice of
treatment options to address the symptoms presented by the individual to be treated. Several theoretical explanations of abnormal
behavior have been described in your readings for this module. Some of these are biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, existential,
cognitive, and sociocultural.
Identify the treatment approach for your case based upon the theory you have chosen to explain the disorder. Write your own
theoretical analysis of case characteristics in relation to the disorder the case represents.
Write the case and theoretical analysis in paper in Word format. Be sure to include an APA style title page and to cite the online
course and the text applying APA standards.
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