Mental disorder Essay Topics

Etiology of Schizophrenia

Introduction The term schizophrenia is broadly used in reference to a class of cognitive and behavioral disorders. It affects approximately one percent of all persons within a population, though the chances of acquiring the disease tends to rise for those who have close relatives suffering from schizophrenia (Bailey, 2003; Green, 2001; Holtam, 2000; McGuffin, 1995)…. View Article

Identity Research Paper

Malcolm Rivers from the movie “Identity” has been diagnosed as a mentally ill patient with Dissociative Identity Disorder. This disorder is basically another name for a multiple personality disorder. The disorder is usually caused by severe trauma, emotional or physical, that causes people to create “multiple personalities” so that they can deal with certain situations…. View Article

Insanity or Madness

What cause insanity or madness? Do you think that must be a genetic disposition for someone to become insane? Or can the experiences in one’s childhood or adult life lead to madness? What sort of traumatic experience would lead one to insanity? I do think both genetic disposition and experiences in one’s childhood or adult… View Article

The Quiet Room Test

   The symptoms of schizophrenia are widely varied.  According to the DSM-IV, for a diagnosis of schizophrenia, two or more symptoms must be present for at least one month’s duration. Symptoms of schizophrenia are broken down into positive symptoms and negative symptoms.  Positive symptoms can be described as symptoms, which produce an excess or distortion… View Article

The Psychoanalytic Strategy

Introduction: The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective personality test that was designed at Harvard in the 1930s by Christiana D. Morgan and Henry A. Murray. Along with the MMPI and the Rorschach, the TAT is one of the most widely used psychological tests. The original purpose of the TAT was to reveal the… View Article

Outline and Evaluate Biological Treatments for Schizophrenia

Outline and Evaluate Biological Treatments for Schizophrenia. The meaning of Schizophrenia is the loss of contact with reality also known as split-mind. It shouldn’t be thought of as one disorder as there are several sub-types such as; paranoia, catatonic, disorganised, and undifferentiated; they all have different symptoms. It is a disorder which is estimated at… View Article

Analysis of the Main Theme in Sidney Sheldon’s Tell Me Your Dreams

Sidney Sheldon’s book, “Tell Me Your Dreams” carries a dark theme. It focuses on how the central character, Ashley Patterson, represents the seemingly well-adjusted, successful and attractive young working professional.  Deep inside though, she is experiencing stormy emotions.  A product of  traumatic childhood experiences, she is a walking disaster, ready to explode.  She is proof… View Article

Mental Disorder Classification

Autism             Autism Spectrum Disorder, which ranges in severity from relatively mild to extremely severe, is estimated to effect 1 in 166 children world wide.  Autism is a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, which adversely affects a child’s school performance.  Symptoms are usually visible before kindergarten.  Other characteristics of… View Article

Topic: The Myth of Mental Illness

1a. What is the issue? What question, debate, or controversy is addressed in this passage? Be sure to word your response in the form of a question. Is there such a concept or term as “mental illness”? (Szasz) 1b. What is the conclusion of the passage? What is the author’s answer/position on the question above?… View Article

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a chronic, familial, neurobiological disorder with its  onset in childhood and is marked by presence of involuntary motor movements and sounds, known as motor and vocal tics respectively (Bagheri, Kerbeshian & Burd, 1999). According to Lingui-Systems (1999, cited in Prestia, 2003), approximately 1 in every 2,500 individuals suffer from TS, with… View Article

Tourette Syndrome

 Oliver Sacks writes in his book about Tourette syndrome as an inherited neurological disorder, it is a rare disease of the nerves, that starts from childhood it is noticeable by the repeated physical motor tics and vocal tics, these tics can become chronic, Tourette syndrome is a very serious disorder. Oliver Sacks in his book… View Article

Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Personality disorders are a group of mental conditions in which certain characteristic patterns of feeling, thinking and interpersonal behavior develop such that the individual becomes relatively inflexible and cannot function properly at home, school, workplace, social settings or in a family environment.  This results in significant distress and the development of a number of symptoms. … View Article

Treat and Identify Bipolar disorder

Thesis Statement: Bipolar Disorder is a disorder that roots from the genes and upbringing of the parents with their kids. This disorder can be brought until adulthood and greatly affects the social, emotional, psychosocial life of the concerned individual. Introduction:                         Over the centuries, authorities have distinguished a variety of psychological disorders, each characterized by… View Article

Trauma and Grief

Trauma and Recovery             Psychological trauma may be caused by many different events and factors. These causes could range from the common and ubiquitous ones like work-related factors (Stephens & Long, 2000) to the grave and unusual ones such as being involved in war (Schaffer, 2007), being a victim of childhood sexual abuse (Bower, 1995),… View Article

Perception of Depression amongst North American and African Cultures

Depression or “Unipolar depression is another name for Major Depressive disorder. It is a mood disorder characterized by depressed mood, it often manifests in lack of interest in family, school and social life, changes in eating and sleeping habits, emotional and medical disregard for the self, difficulty in concentrating, and loss of interest in life”… View Article

Mental Disorders-Causes, Nature, and Treatment

James is 35 years old and is a successful salesman. He has never married and has no children. His career focus often makes him appear to be a “workaholic.” Lately, he has begun to feel extremely dissatisfied, lonely, and bored. He thinks often of quitting, selling everything he owns, and taking off. Is James crazy?… View Article

Some Theories of Abnormal Affect

Some theories of abnormal affect take a nature perspective whereas others take a nurture perspective. Use evidence to justify why either nature/nurture is more important in explaining abnormal affect. [12] The nature/nurture debate is concerned with the extent to which particular aspects of behavior are a product of either inherited (i.e. genetic) or acquired (i.e…. View Article

Mental Illness

In the past, the subject of mental illness was surrounded with mystery and fear. Today, we have made tremendous progress in our understanding and, especially in our ability to offer effective treatments. However, questions about mental illness often go unanswered and stand in the way of people receiving help. How Common Is Mental Illness and… View Article

Series of Psychological Stories

Case I. My Husband is a Mama’s Boy              Simon had been extremely dependent to his mother in everything that he does. He would always expect her mother to be the one who would remind him of his daily routine in the office. He would expect that his mother would prepare his briefs and socks…. View Article

Psychology and the Bipolar Disorder

Abstract Bipolar Disorder is a serious psychiatric condition that manifests usually in the late teens and affects about one in fifty people. Afflicted individuals experience heightened and extreme states of mania or elation to severe depression, with one in six sufferers inclined to commit suicide. Researchers have discovered biological and genetic links to this illness…. View Article

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) depicts a condition in which persons demonstrate an abnormal degree of obsession or compulsion in relation to specific daily activities (as cited in Gournay, Curran & Rogers, 2006, p. 60). Obsessions are persistent thoughts or mental images while compulsions are recurrent behaviors that are… View Article

PTSD Concerns

In Focus: PTSD Concerns for Air Force Members Returning from Iraq Understanding PTSD PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a complicated condition an individual has to go through. Anybody who is exposed to any form of violence, life threatening experience and traumatic events are likely to acquire Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. People with PTSD… View Article

Pyromania Disorder

The complexity of human mind has always been a mystery to mankind and the curiosity of unraveling this intricate mind has ultimately led to many discoveries which have opened up different mental conditions to the world and have explained the suffering of patients. One of the most intriguing chapter of mental ailment, in the history… View Article

Psychology Article Summary

         A recent article showed that a group of researchers have discovered new findings in the symptoms and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, Depression Is A Risk Factor Rather Than Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Suggests, which was published in the Science Daily website last April 10, the… View Article

Character Analysis of John in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

John is the typical Victorian husband. He is authoritative, strict, head of the household. He is a physician of “high standing”. He is very controlling and expects his wife to obey his orders which was quite normal for the time. He is a doctor but only understands physical illnesses. He cannot relate to any mental… View Article

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

What is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)? CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior. It focuses on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that we hold (our cognitive processes) and how this relates to the way we behave and deal with our emotional problems. Research has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in… View Article

The Prevalence of Co-Occurring Disorders

When a counselor has a new client they are working with, the client has to be assessed. When being assessed the counselor has to determine what issues the client may have. Through being assessed, the counselor may come to realize the client has more than one issue which is called co-occurring disorders. At this point… View Article

Gattaca Oral Presentation Draft

From the day Vincent was born, he had always been concidered as highly flawed, and as an ‘invalid’. His parents were planning on carrying on the family name with their first born child by calling Vincent, Anton, after his father, Antonio. However, once finding out that Vincent was prone to illness’ such as neurological disorder,… View Article

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorders which could also be called manic-depressive disorder consist of mood swings that range from a person expressing a low of depression up to the high of mania. People who experience depression may feel sad or worthless and may even lose interest or enjoyment in most recreational activities they previously found to be enjoying…. View Article

Humor and Its Effects on Anxiety Disorders

The purpose of this study was to evaluate humor as an alternative treatment for anxiety disorders. The hypothesis was that the continuous showing of a twenty-minute, funny episode of the participant’s choice, showed once a day for one month would continuously lower both SUD measures and systolic blood pressure values when measured directly after treatment…. View Article