Psychological Disorder

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Ashley Norton
Final Project- Marla’s Disorder
Due-Sunday Dysthymia Disorder

Marla is a 42-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of having trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and experiencing an inability to concentrate. These symptoms are causing problems for her at work, where she is an accountant. Before I could tell Marla’s that she may be suffering from Dysthymic Disorder I would need to really take a look in her life and understand her symptoms. What she is describing could be Dysthymic Disorder or Major Depression but without getting a complete background history I can’t yet choose one or the other. Before a person is diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder they must present two or more symptoms those being; poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue, poor concentration or difficulty making decision, and feelings of hopelessness (Mc-Graw-hill, 2007). Someone who could have Dysthymic disorder will not have any signs of symptoms and then they will come on strong for moths at a time. Finding the best disorder can really change a person’s life. At the time of Marla appointment I asked her how she was feeling and that I had several questions to ask her and not to feel overwhelmed. I stated asking Marla general questions at the beginning of our appointment. These were types of questions I asked her; Are you the only child in your family or do you have siblings? If you have siblings how many do you have and how old are they? Are both of your parents alive? Who do you look up to most in your life? If you need to discuss and problems you have going on in your life that would you go to and talk with? Does this person who you talk with know you very well? I next would ask her questions that have to do with her everyday life. I would begin to ask Marla what she does on a typical day of the week. If she has a set order she like things done in? I would ask Marla to explain to me...
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