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Disorder Conceptualization p.5

Disorder Conceptualization p.5 - Jason Wang plausible...

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Unformatted text preview: Jason Wang plausible treatment option would be exposure therapy, similar to the kind of therapy used for specific phobias. Through this therapy, “the patient is gradually introduced to increasingly difficult encounters with the feared situation” (Sue, Sue, and Sue 151). The patient would begin by engaging in an event that is thought to produce. bad luck. During this same session, the patient will play with a slot machine in order to prove that their winnings from the slot machine are due to chance, not luck. In this way, the patient would learn to not associate good happenings with “good luck” and bad situations with “bad luck.” An alternate therapy could be the modeling therapy in which another person performs acts of bad luck and continues living their life as if the bad luck event had no effect on them. The patient could then see that luck is only due to chance, not through doing special superstitious rituals. If this disorder were to be accepted as legitimate, some research and ethical issues may arise. As previously discussed, research must be done with many people of different cultures to find out what beliefs affect which cultures. By doing this, it will decrease the chance of a misdiagnosis because of not taking into account a patient’s culture. It will also help in formulating a survey that is more universal about luck rather than being culture specific. In addition to researching the people of different cultures and their ideas about luck, ethical issues could arise from some treatment methods. In performing the exposure therapy to some patients, the fear from the bad luck could produce the onset of a panic attack. The limit as to when to stop the therapy would be left to the best judgment of the psychologist performing the therapy. In spite of this, provided the psychologist abides by the code of ethics, the exposure therapy should work to help the patient more than it does to harm the patient. The harmful effects on an individual who whole heartedly believes in luck meets the criteria for the new psychological disorder, Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder. While the culture specific ...
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