Assignment DSM-IV Evaluation--Appendix H

Assignment DSM-IV Evaluation--Appendix H - D S M I V E v a...

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D S M - I V E v a l u a t i o n  | 1 *Please be sure to use this tutorial as a guide only.  Do not plagiarize and do not resell as  your own work.  If you have any questions or problems with the tutorial please get a hold  of me before leaving any negative feedback and I will resolve the issue.  If you have  trouble opening or viewing the files please contact me and I will fix the problem as soon  as I can.  Sometimes instructors change the syllabus so if the material does not match  your syllabus please let me know.  If I do not respond right away please be patient, I do  have a full-time job and I try to check my messages once a day.  Thanks and good  luck!!! :-)   Name Axia College PSY 270 Instructor December 6, 2009
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D S M - I V E v a l u a t i o n  | 2 The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is used by mental health professionals to assist in the diagnosis of a variety of mental disorders. The DSM-IV consists of a classification system which helps distinguish symptoms of one mental disorder from another. The following case studies have been diagnosed according to the DSM-IV criteria. Case Study 1: Schizoid Personality Disorder Josephine suffers from Schizoid Personality Disorder. Her symptoms include: lack of close relationships, emotional coldness and detachment, and solitary tendencies (DSM-IV, 1994, pp.317). Josephine prefers to be alone and she also does not seek out meaningful relationships. Her disorder has taken a negative toll on her quality of life due to the fact that she is unable to hold a steady job. Although the causal factors are not exactly known a link between genetics and early childhood environmental factors seems to be influential in the development of the disorder. A lack of nurturance throughout childhood could have been a risk factor in Josephine’s case. The nature of Schizoid Personality Disorder can make treatment difficult in most cases. Treatment
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