9780130937872

Abnormal Psychology Casebook A New Perspective

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    9780130937872

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2003-11-24
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Devoid of the often mind-numbing technical "psychobabble" and "medicalbabble" so characteristic of other books on the subject, this collection of abnormal psychology cases uses clear, accessible language and explanations, and a unique case conference format. Each case begins with some background information and, similar to Ellery Queen mysteries, readers are challenged through questions at various points to try and decide what is going on based on the amount of information presented. As each case gradually unfolds, readers are drawn deeper into the case and must keep on reading to discover the case's assessment(s), evaluations, diagnoses, treatment plan(s), possible medications, and prognoses. The book features real cases based on a variety of psychopathologies--all involving patients/clients from a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, social, and socioeconomic backgrounds--and all based on the author's own experiences as a practicing social worker and psychologist. Anxiety Disorders I. Anxiety Disorders II. Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders. Mood Disorders. Personality Disorders. Substance Related Disorders. Eating Disorders. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders. Developmental Disorders. Developmental Disorders II. You Be the Diagnostician! Where Do We Go From Here? For anyone interested in abnormal psychology, including health care workers, social workers, educators, etc.

Author Biography

Andrew R. Getzfeld received his B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College, his M.S.S.W. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a frequent presenter at APA and NASP, and has chaired poster sessions for Psi Chi at EPA. Andrew holds licenses in both New York and New Jersey, as a Certified Social Worker in New York, and as a Certified School Psychologist, Certified School Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol Counselor in New Jersey. Presently teaching in the Psychology Department at New Jersey City University, Andrew's areas of interest include eating disorders and addictions, abnormal psychology, child development, and psychopharmacology. Andrew also serves as a Psi Chi Faculty Consultant and is the Psi Chi Faculty Advisor at New Jersey City University. In his limited leisure time he enjoys travel, swimming, reading voraciously, writing books, and spending as much time as possible with his family, especially his daughter Anya Rose.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
About the Author xvi
Chapter 1 Anxiety Disorders I 1(28)
Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia
The Case of Paula: One Woman in Search of an Exit
2(14)
Presenting Problem
2(1)
Background Information
3(1)
Thought Questions
4(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
4(4)
Theoretical Etiologies
8(3)
Treatment Plan
11(4)
Prognosis
15(1)
Specific Phobia, Situational Type
The Case of Robert: A Traveling Salesman with a Concern
16(14)
Presenting Problem
16(1)
Background Information
17(1)
Thought Questions
18(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
18(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
21(1)
Treatment Plan
22(4)
Prognosis
26(1)
Review and Study Questions
27(1)
Terms to Know
27(2)
Chapter 2 Anxiety Disorders II 29(26)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Case of Sarah: The Horror of Childhood Sexual Abuse
30(12)
Presenting Problem
30(1)
Background Information
31(1)
Thought Questions
32(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
33(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
36(1)
Treatment Plan
37(4)
Prognosis
41(1)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The Case of Fannie: Lady Macbeth of Course
42(14)
Presenting Problem
42(1)
Background Information
43(2)
Thought Questions
45(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
45(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
48(1)
Treatment Plan
49(3)
Prognosis
52(1)
Review and Study Questions
53(1)
Terms to Know
53(2)
Chapter 3 Mood Disorders 55(35)
Major Depressive Disorder
The Case of Allison: Singing the Blues
56(19)
Presenting Problem
56(1)
Background Information
57(2)
Thought Questions
59(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
59(4)
Theoretical Etiologies
63(3)
Treatment Plan
66(7)
Prognosis
73(2)
Bipolar II Disorder
The Case of Ken: Peaks and Valleys
75(15)
Presenting Problem
75(1)
Background Information
76(4)
Thought Questions
80(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
80(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
83(1)
Treatment Plan
84(3)
Prognosis
87(1)
Review and Study Questions
87(1)
Terms to Know
88(2)
Chapter 4 Schizophrenic Disorders 90(30)
Schizophrenia, Disorganized Type
The Case of Henry: Not the Split That You Think
90(18)
Presenting Problem
92(1)
Background Information
92(2)
Thought Questions
94(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
94(5)
Theoretical Etiologies
99(2)
Treatment Plan
101(5)
Prognosis
106(2)
Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type
The Case of Ian: "They're After Me!"
108(13)
Presenting Problem
108(1)
Background Information
109(3)
Thought Questions
112(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
112(2)
Theoretical Etiologies
114(1)
Treatment Plan
115(2)
Prognosis
117(1)
Review and Study Questions
117(1)
Terms to Know
118(2)
Chapter 5 Substance Related Disorders 120(25)
Alcohol Dependence
The Case of Rudy: "I thought all alcoholics were street people!"
121(14)
Presenting Problem
121(1)
Background Information
122(2)
Thought Questions
124(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
124(4)
Theoretical Etiologies
128(2)
Treatment Plan
130(4)
Prognosis
134(1)
Alcohol Abuse
The Case of Chantal: "I only gulp drinks once in awhile."
135(10)
Presenting Problem
135(1)
Background Information
135(2)
Thought Questions
137(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
138(2)
Theoretical Etiologies
140(1)
Treatment Plan
141(2)
Prognosis
143(1)
Review and Study Questions
143(1)
Terms to Know
144(1)
Chapter 6 Eating Disorders 145(33)
Bulimia Nervosa
The Case of Molly: I Wanna Be Like Princess Di
145(17)
Presenting Problem
146(1)
Background Information
146(3)
Thought Questions
149(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
149(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
152(3)
Treatment Plan
155(6)
Prognosis
161(1)
Anorexia Nervosa
The Case of Florence: Disappearing Act
162(17)
Presenting Problem
162(1)
Background Information
163(3)
Thought Questions
166(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
167(2)
Theoretical Etiologies
169(2)
Treatment Plan
171(4)
Prognosis
175(1)
Review and Study Questions
175(1)
Terms to Know
176(2)
Chapter 7 Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders 178(28)
Pedophilia
The Case of Solomon: A Long-Standing Problem
179(13)
Presenting Problem
179(1)
Background Information
180(1)
Thought Questions
181(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
181(4)
Theoretical Etiologies
185(2)
Treatment Plan
187(3)
Prognosis
190(2)
Female Orgasmic Disorder
The Case of Emily: Breaking the Barrier
192(15)
Presenting Problem
192(1)
Background Information
193(1)
Thought Questions
194(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
195(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
198(2)
Treatment Plan
200(3)
Prognosis
203(1)
Review and Study Questions
204(1)
Terms to Know
204(2)
Chapter 8 Developmental Disorders I 206(24)
Reading Disorder
The Case of Tillie: Special Needs
207(11)
Presenting Problem
207(1)
Background Information
208(1)
Thought Questions
209(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
210(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
213(1)
Treatment Plan
214(3)
Prognosis
217(1)
Mental Retardation
The Case of Samuel: Lots of Love to Go Around
218(13)
Presenting Problem
218(1)
Background Information
219(1)
Thought Questions
220(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
221(1)
Theoretical Etiologies
222(3)
Treatment Plan
225(2)
Prognosis
227(1)
Review and Study Questions
227(1)
Terms to Know
228(2)
Chapter 9 Developmental Disorders II 230(26)
Conduct Disorder
The Case of Bernard: Loss of Control
231(12)
Presenting Problem
231(1)
Background Information
232(1)
Thought Questions
233(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
233(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
236(1)
Treatment Plan
237(5)
Prognosis
242(1)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
The Case of Jacqueline: Easily Distracted
243(14)
Presenting Problem
243(1)
Background Information
244(1)
Thought Questions
245(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
245(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
248(2)
Treatment Plan
250(3)
Prognosis
253(1)
Review and Study Questions
253(1)
Terms to Know
254(2)
Chapter 10 Personality Disorders 256(28)
Borderline Personality Disorder
The Case of Lisa: Walking the Tightrope
257(13)
Presenting Problem
257(2)
Background Information
259(2)
Thought Questions
261(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
261(3)
Theoretical Etiologies
264(2)
Treatment Plan
266(3)
Prognosis
269(1)
Antisocial Personality Disorder
The Case of Adam: Serial Killers Only?
270(15)
Presenting Problem
270(1)
Background Information
271(2)
Thought Questions
273(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
274(2)
Theoretical Etiologies
276(3)
Treatment Plan
279(2)
Prognosis
281(1)
Review and Study Questions
282(1)
Terms to Know
282(2)
Chapter 11 Applying What You Have Learned: The Cases of Estelle and Diane 284(11)
Introduction
284(1)
Case 1 The Case of Estelte
285(5)
Presenting Problem
285(1)
Background Information
286(2)
Assessment and Evaluation
288(1)
Thought Questions
289(1)
Case 2 The Case of Diane
290(4)
Presenting Problem
290(1)
Background Information
291(1)
Assessment and Evaluation
292(1)
Thought Questions
293(1)
Review and Study Questions
294(1)
Terms to Know
294(1)
References 295

Excerpts

There exist many casebooks of abnormal psychology. Some of these casebooks have been around for many years and have gone through many revisions. Some do not include patients who did not succeed in treatment (some psychologists use the term "client;" the terms, for me, are interchangeable). Some of the casebooks use famous people for their cases, such as Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, and "Sybil." These are all fascinating people, but I asked myself, "What would the purpose be if I decided to rehash famous serial killers and such?" After all, there are only so many ways one can assess Charles Manson, although Jack the Ripper is still a very popular subject today. (Ask Patricia Cornwell how much of her own money she spent trying to deduce his true identity.) I decided that the field needed a book that included real-life individuals from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds with whom you might easily identify. As a practicing psychologist and a practicing social worker for over 15 years, I have been fortunate to have encountered a wide variety of patients. Students often ask me how many patients I have had, and to this date I have counted over 400 different cases! Compared with other psychologists who have been practicing this is not a large number. But when I was first approached to write this book, I realized that I had a great sample size from which to draw the cases you are about to read.The format of this book is also rather unique. Each case is related with as much of the original narrative as is possible (all cases were interpreted usingDSM-IV-TRdiagnostic criteria). This will allow you to get a more complete and accurate picture of the client "in his/her own words." Verbatim is a key word for school psychologists, and I am putting this concept to use in this book. Thought questions appear midway through each case, and review questions at the end of each chapter. I suggest you use these questions to think further about the disorders being discussed. These questions in general do not have right or wrong answers. You will also be briefly exposed to the field of psychopharmacology, a crucial treatment modality in today''s world of managed care and "quick fixes" for mental health problems and concerns. This section, which occurs with each case, will be as current as possible. This book presents two cases per chapter. This will allow instructors to pick between two cases in each chapter if one case is not to their liking. Additionally, should an instructor decide to emphasize a particular disorder, s/he can use both cases to ensure comprehension and retention. Chapter 11 allows the student to apply what s/he has learned in class by providing two cases without the solutions (DSM-IV-TRdiagnoses). The solutions, which should be discussed and debated in class, can be found on the book''s web site ( www.prenhall.com/getzfeld). Writing a book such as this made me realize that it is impossible to satisfy all needs. Thus it is impossible, short of writing a virtual encyclopedia, to include every DSM-IV TR diagnostic category. My editor and I have decided that, should you desire future disorders in the next revision, please email me (de1238de@verizon.net) or my editor (Jeff_Marshall@prenhall.com). We will collect this data and use it to determine the cases and/or changes to be made in the second edition. If there is enough demand for a particular disorder, Prentice-Hall will consider posting an additional case to the book''s web site. Finally, a word about the treatment modalities you will encounter. The modalities selected only represent some of the many possible ways to treat the mental disorders discussed here. In some instances the modalities selected worked well, in others, not well at all. As you will see, perfect success is not guaranteed in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. By the time you have completed your studies, the success percentage will have hopefully increased. This book has been a long endeavor and I am proud and pleased with the results. I would like to hear your impressions. Tell me what you liked and disliked about the book. What changes should be made in the second edition? What should be kept? All emails will be read; you will receive a reply (although not instantaneous). My goal was to make this learning experience as enjoyable as possible while presenting you with real-life examples of a variety of mental illnesses. Some of these people may be close to you in age; some may sound like you, your family, or friends. All of them are real people with real concerns, and in most cases their strongest motivation is a desire to get better. The patients wanted their stories to be told so that other could learn from them, and devise even more effective treatment modalities, or perhaps conduct research to discover cures for their disorders.

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