Scott Stossel's Case Study

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“Studies of the DSM-II found that when two psychiatrists consulted the same patient, they gave the same DSM diagnosis only between 32 and 42 percent of the time. Rates of consistency have improved since then…(39)”

Does the rate improve with more or less psychiatrists? I would like to think it would improve with more, but in Scott Stossel’s case, it seemed to back up my theory since he had started therapy over 25 years ago when he was 10 years old. Between his multiple therapists and them using Rorschach tests, classic talk therapy, and pills, it seems that they agreed on most of his symptoms as one thing: anxiety. As for most people, forms of trying to improve their anxiety levels helped, but it did not cure them. No doubt that one of the
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A peer had asked, ‘How representative might Stossel's view of anxiety be in comparison to others? Is he the only one that feels that way?’ “Once a family tree has one or two individuals with anxiety disorder or depression, then you will likely find the rest of the tree stippled with anxiety and depression. Researchers call this phenomenon “familial aggregation due to genetic risk (265).” This shows that Stossel’s anxiety and depression didn’t just affect him in his family; it affected those before him and maybe those after him. Throughout this book, I’ve noticed that Stossel and I related on many levels with our disorders and family. Some of my family has too been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, including my grandmother and even my little brother. Studies have shown, “While genes may predispose a person to schizophrenia or alcoholism or anxiety, there is almost always some environmental contribution to the disease. Still...your susceptibility to anxiety-both as a temperamental tendency and as a clinical disorder- is strongly determined by your genes. (264)” So my chances of my future children having the disorder I have is high, which I am not excited about, but most people now have some sort of …show more content…
Anxiety make us more alert with our surroundings, so with evolution, our mind would create a bad connotation with something and we would, as a whole, fear it. “In the 1970’s, Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, elaborated this notion into what he called preparedness theory: certain phobias are common because evolution has selected for brains primed to have exaggerated fear responses to dangerous things…(278)” This theory makes a lot of sense in a couple ways. A phobia trend I have noticed is heights. Heights, without safety precautions, can lead to serious injury or death, so we avoid it. Avoiding leads to no worries and no worries leads to no anxiety; problem solved

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