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Running Head: KNOWLEDGE APPLIED TO EXPERIENCE 1 Appling Knowledge To Hands-on Experience Christine Yarnell Liberty University
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KNOWLEDGE APPLIED TO EXPERIENCE 2 Abstract The following paper will present different behaviors observed on an internship site taken at a clinic in Smithfield, NC under the supervision of licensed psychiatrist who obtained his Doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The clinic provides care for a variety of clients with different diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, SUD, just to name a few. The clinic uses both psychiatric and psychological treatment to treat patients. During the internship, the inter was able to observe each of these departments and how they work in collaboration as a team. The primary behaviors observed and discussed in this paper will be depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD connected to the behavior and cognitive behavior therapies. The internship was properly supervised, which benefited in to the growth of the student as an uprising professional in the field of psychology. The intern had an overall positive experience at this internship site.
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KNOWLEDGE APPLIED TO EXPERIENCE 3 Behaviors Observed During the Internship The clinic provides care for a variety of clientele, with different psychological problems. Many of them of are from different racial background, socioeconomic status and age groups; including many children who are placed in group home settings. Some specific behaviors that were observed during the internship were depression, bipolar depression, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Some children who came into the clinic were treated for depression after going through some very traumatic events into their life. Depression in children can be upsetting, especially if it is not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Children who suffer from depression and go untreated can do poorly in school, become aggressive and even attempt suicide (Dolgan, 1990). Some symptoms and signs of depression in children are similar to adults, such as sadness, worthlessness, loneliness and mood changes; while other can differ, such as hyperactivity, aggression, fake illness, and skipping school (Dolgan, 1990). Parents of children who suffer from depression are usually in denial that there is something going with their child, for this reason at times these children are diagnosed properly and in a timely manner. Bipolar depression is been diagnosed more and more now days. Patients with bipolar depression will “experience episodes of either mania (bipolar I disorder) or hypomania (bipolar II disorder)” (Hayden & Nurnberger, 2006). Patients who suffers with bipolar disorder will usually have lasting abnormal manic episodes of elevated or irritable mood, accompanied by several associated symptoms such as “grandiosity, decreased sleep, excessive talkativeness, racing thoughts, distractibility, and increases in goal-directed and pleasurable activities” (Hayden & Nurnberger, 2006). Early diagnosis and detection can be beneficial to help clients cope with the
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