Psychological Disorder Analysis
Marla is a forty-two year-old Hispanic woman. She works as an accountant. She has recently sought help at a local clinic for several unexplained symptoms she has been experiencing. Her symptoms are affecting her work life. Among her symptoms are sleeping difficulties, inability to concentrate, and feeling jumpy all the time (Axia College, 2013).
Upon arriving at the clinic Marla was ask the following questions by the psychologist.
Tell me some basic information about yourself; your name, age, etc.
What brings you in to see me?
Why do you feel that you need a clinical interview?
How do you feel most days?
Is there anything that makes you more happy/sad?
How long have you been experiencing these feelings?
How is your relationship with your parents?
Often at times, earlier incidents in life can cause problems in present day issues. Have you had any relationships that ended badly or might have stood out from the rest?
How is your current environment? Are you safe? Do you have any concerns or worries about your personal safety?
Is there any medical issues that you are currently dealing with?
Below are the intake questions in transcript form. Using these very questions and answers helped to decide which disorder Marla may have using the information in the Faces of Abnormal Psychology Interactive Application at http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/psychology/faces/# (Axia College, 2013).
1. Tell me some basic information about yourself; your name, age, etc.
Marla, 42 Hispanic female
2. What brings you in to see me?
Having trouble sleeping, feeling jumpy, lack of concentration, affecting her accountant job
3. Why do you feel that you need a clinical interview?
For the larger part of her life, she has been fighting depression, suicide thoughts, 2 attempts of suicide, self-mutilation period
4. How do you feel most days?
Worthless, low, no energy
5. Is there anything that makes you more happy/sad?
Shopping, spending

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