Essay on Psy/240 Final Project: Analyzing Biopsychological Disorders

1936 Words Sep 8th, 2012 8 Pages
Analyzing Psychological Disorders

In an attempt to gain a position as a psychologist, I will be discussing schizophrenia and the disorder’s casual factors, associated symptoms, the areas of the brain it affects, and the neural basis of the disorder. I will continue on to discuss appropriate drug therapies. In addition I will also be reviewing two separate case studies, each on a different disorder. I will be examining each problem from the perspective of a bio psychologist. I will define the patient’s diagnosis at length I will relate each case to the nature-nurture theory, and talk about any helpful drug interventions or solutions for each disorder. When talking about drug intervention, it is also important to discuss the positive and
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As with many other psychological disorders, the cause of anorexia is not yet known. It is believed to develop from a mix of social, emotional, and physical triggers. Genetics play a big role in the development of anorexia. Most people that develop anorexia have a family history of an eating disorder, obesity, or a mood disorder. Also certain personality traits have been found to predispose some people to anorexia. People with low self-confidence and low self-esteem are at a higher risk of developing the disorder. As I stated before, social pressure and cultural influences also play a role in the development of anorexia. Some people even turn to anorexia after having a traumatic experience in their life or as a way of dealing with stress. Beth clearly shows tell-tale signs of anorexia. She has an overwhelming fear of weight gain even though she is a normal weight. Beth started a diet even though she did not need to, and still has a very poor self-image. Beth has become dangerously thin but still insists she needs to lose more weight. She has restricted her intake of food, making rules for herself that are unnecessary. Beth has also missed several menstrual cycles, indicating that the anorexia is starting to affect her more severely. Unfortunately, there are no medications available right now that can treat anorexia.

Tom is suffering from what appears to be a severe case of generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a disorder that causes a person to

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