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About this Assignment
This assignment will
result in a culmination of all that you have learned throughout the duration of
this course. You will be asked to make several decisions based on what you have
studied thus far. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers, but it is VERY
important that you can back up your decisions with information from both your
lessons and the current literature.
Case Study Prompt
Read the following
case study on a patient who was diagnosed with a personality disorder:
Jodie is a 31-year old
woman who comes to you for treatment. She states that the reason she is there
is to get her anger under control, and that in her last several relationships
with men, she has been guilty of hitting her boyfriends and/or throwing things
at them. She states that she doesn’t know why she does this because she ‘really
loved all of them.’ During the course of your conversation, you discover that
she has been married and divorced three times, and in the last year, has had 4
‘serious’ relationships. Also, she tells you that she has had two past suicide
attempts (pill overdoses) in response to ‘bad breakups’ with various boyfriends
and husbands. Jodie is also both a compulsive shopper and compulsive eater. She
has been known to max out her credit cards on shopping binges, and she has a
habit of binging and purging. She states that she mostly engages in these kinds
of behavior when her relationships are ‘getting bad.’ She tells you that when
she is in a relationship, it’s very intense and that her whole world looks
brighter, yet when the relationship begins to crumble, she goes through periods
of intense depression and suicidal thoughts and has even resorted, more than
once, to falsely telling her husband/boyfriend that she was pregnant in order
to try to salvage the relationship. She states that she has two goals in
therapy: to get a handle on her anger issues and to try to resolve these
feelings of intense emptiness she has.
Jodie is exhibiting
classic symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and meets most of the
criteria outlined in the DSM 5 (she easily meets 6 of the 9 criteria).
Think about what your
next steps are to treat Jodie.
After having read the
case study, compose 2,000 word paper that thoroughly answers the following questions:
1. Which psychological tests, if any, would you
administer to this patient, and why? Be sure to use research and what you have
learned to support your answers.
Clinical Interview and Personality Diagnostic 2. If given the choice, would you apply Freud’s,
Erikson’s, Adler’s, or Jung’s theory of personality to describe this patient?
Why? Which theory do you feel fits best? Again, be sure to back up your answers
Freud’s theory of personality
3. In terms of
biological traits, which ones might fit best with this patient? Why?
4. What about sexual
5. Would you choose to
treat this patient behaviorally, cognitively, or humanistically? Why?
6. Which prominent
personality traits does this patient appear to exhibit?
7. Provide a summary
of your findings and a rudimentary treatment plan for this patient. Be sure to
explain your intent.
Your paper should have
a title page and a page listing all references and should be formatted in the
APA style. In addition, it should include an introduction and conclusion. In
the introduction you should provide a brief overview of the patient and your method
of treatment to follow.
In the body of the
essay you should include a method’s section (here you will describe the way in
which you will collect information from the patient from personality tests and
other assessments, and how you will deliver your treatment), and an expected
result’s section (based on your method of assessment and therapy, what do you
expect to happen with the patient?).
In the discussion you
should briefly summarize your case study.
You may refer to the
course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least
three credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. Please
include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source
from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as
sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and
Primary sources are first-hand
accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents,
statements, and press releases.
Secondary sources come from
peer-reviewed scholarly journals. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar,
and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals.
Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu,
or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the
sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)