Psychological Disorder Analysis

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Final: Psychological Disorder Analysis
William Noffsinger

The subject in this case is (Marla), she is a 42-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of many different things, which are causing problems for her at work. This symptoms included, trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and experiencing an inability to concentrate. Her performance at work as decreased enough, that her employment has notice and wants her to seek help for her problems. There are many different disorders this subject could have such as, substance abuse disorder, depression, panic disorder and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. ...view middle of the document...

5. What do you wish for your future?
I wish for happiness and love. I want the best for myself and my family. I want to move up the ladder in my job and be at the top of my game.
6. What day to day challenges are you faced with?
I have been having a really hard time sleeping, a real difficult time focusing on tasks at work and I feel really jumpy all the time.
7. Do you have any regrets?
Yes, but who doesn’t have a couple regrets in life. I would have paid less attention to my social life and worried more about work and starting a family.
8. What would you have done differently?
I would have paid less attention to my social life and worried more about work and starting a family.
9. Is there anything you want to change about yourself?
I want to be able to sleep and not be so worried all the time. I want to be able to get back to my job without people whispering in the office because, they are worried about me and wondering why I cannot get my work done.
10. What some of your hobbies?
I love the outdoors, fishing and hiking. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends most of all.
I believe that Marla has a substance abuse disorder. She is unable to get her work done, she cannot sleep and she is jumpy all the time. Abusing any time of medication and/or alcohol would be considered a substance abuse disorder. Once a person needs more of whatever they are abusing, they become unable to focus on things, had trouble sleep and are jumpy, which are all signs that they need their next fix. “Abuse occurs when problem behaviors and persistent use of the substance have dangerous and negative consequences on employment, personal relationships and public safety.” (
Scientists and doctors have come to learn what the brain is doing when a person has a substance abuse disorder. Multiple brain circuits are being altered which in turn
create all these different changes in the brains actually function. “These changes interfere with the ability to think clearly and use good judgment; they affect learning and memory as well as the ability to control behavior.” ( Abusing drugs and alcohol can cause long terms problems mentally, physically and emotionally. Most people don’t even think or notice they have such a serious problem and this stage is called denial. Drugs and alcohol effect our brains in so many negative ways. Your judgment is effected, you have trouble eating and sleeping, you cannot do normal routine things that you once did in your everyday life.
Once you become addicted to a substance your tolerance for that substance increases each time. There are biological changes in the brain and nervous system that effect your tolerance and your withdrawal symptoms as well. Withdrawal symptoms are horrible and cause your body a great deal of pain. Symptoms could be as...

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