Disorder Clarification & Case Analysis

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Disorder Clarification & Case Analysis
Loren Sims
PSY/410
April 30, 2013
NICHELLE GAUSE

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Disorder Clarification & Case Analysis
The Case study of Sally is an example of undifferentiated schizophrenia; undifferentiated schizophrenia is a type of schizophrenia where the patients have “the characteristics positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia but do not meet the specific criteria for the paranoid, disorganized, or catatonic subtypes” (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver , 2009). Those who have suffered from schizophrenia for a long time may exhibit different symptoms at different times and most commonly eventually shows a variety of symptoms, and because of this back and forth of subtypes it was given the title of undifferentiated schizophrenia since all of the subtypes basically make one type within itself. The case of Sally is a great case study example of undifferentiated schizophrenia because of the fact that she exhibited all classifications of schizophrenia. This case study started by explaining that Sally’s Mother not only was a smoker, but she also came down with an extreme case of the flu while she was pregnant with her. It was also noted that sally may have been more prone to schizophrenia because her grandfather was thought to have been “crazy”, it was said that he exhibited very eccentric behavior. It was noted that although she at first seemed to be a bright student she was withdrawn socially and after a while a teacher described her as “a bit off center” (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver , 2009). Her mother was proven to be overprotective and seemed to have an effect on how she was socially withdrawn, she could not keep friends. By the time Sally was in college her roommate requested to move to another room because she began talking to herself, after a little while longer she was found sitting in a chair in her room staring at the floor “Sally was unresponsive, and her limbs could be moved about and would then stay in pace, almost as if she was a plastic doll” (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver , 2009). At this point “she was in a withdrawn catatonic state” (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver , 2009). After this episode and her hospitalization it was noted that she improved and was allowed to go home, however soon after her episodes worsened. She would have moments of total unresponsiveness and also moments of sudden 3

Disorder Clarification & Case Analysis
laughter, which was originally called hebephrenic pattern. Her father wanted his daughter back in the care of the hospital, however after a short stay at the hospital her mother decided to bring her back home even against the wishes of her father, to make matters worse she did not follow the outpatient treatment that was recommended by her doctors. It was not long after that, she was found walking around in the local pond muttering to herself at which point she was taken to a mental hospital. This case study seems to be pointing at so many various reasons to what could have triggered her schizophrenia, it seems that its pointing to nature and nurture as being the ultimate cause of why her undifferentiated schizophrenia began. Either way it was always there however maybe there are certain things that can make something that is dormant suddenly become active. In Sally’s case it could have been her mother having a severe case of the flu while she was about 5 months pregnant, or it could have been the fact that her grandfather (her mother’s father) was thought to be crazy, so perhaps it is genetic. However it was also noted that her mother had a lot to do with her social life (she did not really have much of one), but it was noted that because her mother was so overly protective Sally remained withdrawn because she could never have a real relationship. Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects individuals behavioral, biological, cognitive, and emotional components, and in the case of undifferentiated schizophrenia all...
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