4-14-09 - Psychology 205 Class Notes VIDEO CASE STUDY Case...

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Psychology 205 – Class Notes – 4/14/09 VIDEO CASE STUDY: Case of Ana – Schizophrenia She gets a check every month from GM She kept getting messages from Jesus She is a widow She is not sad she doesn’t hear “cracking” sounds from windows, doors, She went to business school right after high school took typing Her husband died in 1985 Her son does the grocery shopping 1975 – psychiatric hospitalization she wasn’t receiving signals then o She was hospitalized o She was given thorasin o Her son irritated her Her in-laws had moved in with her What stressors: o She would break out with a rash o Rash nerves o Did she feel depressed at this time? She could not have any fun or do anything ever since 1990 her life was consumed by communicating with Jesus Ana’s Symptoms: Disorganized thinking Acute delusions Neologism – Making up new words o She made up “Camerostereo” Idiosyncratic thinking
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Case - Ana Etiology : Life stressors – Her kids, in-laws moved in (this is when she had the first break), her husband died. Biological predisposition for a schizophrenic , psychotic episode (break) and combined with an environmental stressor leads to a psychotic break (and the schizophrenic, psychotic symptoms then never stop). The stressful events did NOT CAUSE the schizophrenia they triggered the biological vulnerability she already had. Diagnosis and symptoms – Idiosyncratic logic, God speaks to her, textbook case of Skitzophrenia (Has most of the clinical characteristics described in the DSM-IV). Disorganized thinking Acute delusions Neologism – Making up new words o She made up “Camerostereo” Idiosyncratic logic However, she was still able to communicate – some disturbance in communication, but not enough to entirely prevent thinking. Delusions – God’s communicating with her, the Eagle is communicating with her, Delusions of reference Perceptual disturbances: K-Mart bag flying down Cracking sounds of the windows and doors These then fit in with her delusions She was fairly flat (emotionally)
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2009 for the course PSYCH 170 taught by Professor Wise during the Spring '08 term at Allegheny.

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