RR Ch 11.360

RR Ch 11.360 - 1. Is Mr. Simpson schizophrenic? In order to...

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1. Is Mr. Simpson schizophrenic? In order to be diagnosed as schizophrenic, Mr. Simpson must satisfy certain things on the DSM-IV-TR. The first is core symptoms. He must exhibit two or more of the following for at least a one month period: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, and negative symptoms. Mr. Simpson can satisfy all these criteria. For example, he experiences delusions that he has superior intelligence (grandiose delusions) as well as delusions of being controlled (his apartment as the center of a large communication system that his neighbors control him through). He also exhibits hallucinations that people around him are making fun of him (classmates sneezing when he enters the room). He also has disorganized, catatonic behavior, specifically catatonic excitement (striking an older woman). The second category of diagnosis for schizophrenia is social/occupational function: significant impairment in work, academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and/or self care. While
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2009 for the course PSYC 360 taught by Professor Borders during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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RR Ch 11.360 - 1. Is Mr. Simpson schizophrenic? In order to...

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