Share
Explore BrainMass

Psychopharmacology

Diagnosing Lisa in Obsessed

Can someone help me with a diagnosis, according to the criteria of DSM-IV-TR, of the fictional character, Lisa, in the movie Obsessed? It stars Beyonce Knowles with Ali Larter playing the part of Lisa, an office temp, who falls in love with her boss, Derek Charles, and attempts to seduce him. I know that the character, Lisa,

Skills for a Successful Therapeutic Alliance

Can you please provide a brief description of three important skills needed to establish a successful therapeutic alliance? Then, explain possible barriers that may impede implementing these skills. Explain how you might address each barrier.

Cultural Identity, Biases and Reducing Biases in Diagnosis

I need help explaining how the client's cultural identity in the case below could have contributed toward personal biases and diagnosis and how a clinician might mitigate, or reduce, the appearance of personal biases in diagnosis. The case: Marvin, a 45 year-old African American male, has come to your office because of f

Psychopathology Theory

I need help selecting a psychopathology theory in which I must describe, explain one strength and one weakness, and how it aligns or doesn't align with the stages of change model described by Prochaska and Norcross (2001).

Counseling, Ethics and Minors

Maria is a 32 year old, Latina woman. Her child, Rosalinda, age 6, was referred to counseling after having been exposed to domestic violence (Maria reports having been the victim) in the home. Maria is separated from Rosalinda's father who is the alleged perpetrator in the domestic violence. When Maria brought Rosalinda to

Criminals with Mental Illnesses

Should mentally ill people be held responsible for their actions? Why or why not? And, take one step further...what is those actions are actually a criminal act. Then what? (at least 200 words with a credible reference)

Abnormal behavior influence-you, family, work

How can abnormal behavior influence you, your family and your workplace? Explain how the presence of certain abnormal behaviors can have a negative impact. (200-300 words with at least one credible reference)

The way mentally ill are treated today

What has influenced the way the mentally ill are treated today? Choose one influence that you feel has the most effect and explain (200-300 words with at least one credible reference).

DSM-IV-TR

-How would you incorporate the DSM-IV-TR into the assessment phase with a couple or family? (Include the Relational "V-Codes" and the GARF Scale) -what is the purpose of the GARF scale? - Would you also formulate a separate DSM-IV-TR diagnosis for any of the individuals you see in a couple or family? Why or why not? -What are

Formulating Diagnoses

-What is the best approach to take in formulating diagnoses when working with couples and families? Why? - What factors are important to assess or diagnose in families or couples in order to make effective choices about therapy goals and interventions? - What specific diagnostic processes would you use during your assessment o

DSM-IV-TR 5-Axis Diagnosis

To complete a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis by the end of the second session you will need to begin collecting relevant information during the first appointment with this client. A counselor working in a community mental health clinic. List each of the five DSM-IV-TR axes (no formal DSM-IV-TR diagnosis needed) What is the purpose of

Physical Drives: Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Are drug and alcohol addiction just like any other physical craving, for example hunger, thirst, or sex? What are the neurological mechanisms all these drives have in common? Does the body go through the same physiological processes and responses regardless of the type of craving? How are they similar? How are they different?

Disorders first diagnosed in childhood

Discuss the ethics of prescribing psychotropic medications to children. What guidelines would you use to decide whether or not to recommend such medications? Provide the rationale for your response based on scientific evidence from a professional literature.

Mental professionals and the role of difference

There are different ways people handle socio-cultural influences regarding addiction. I agree that a child will either follow the path of their parent's influence or go the opposite direction. It seems logical that the younger they are, the more they are influenced by example and the less they know better. Once a child or teen

Brief statement on mood swings

Mood swings can have many various causes. In the case of the friend I was discussing, he showed little problems until he hit his teenage years. It was hard to diagnose his condition as natural changes in body can cause a variation in behavior. Once he knew what he had however, it was easier to be around him. He was very aware of

Seasonal Affective Disorder

I found it very interesting what you wrote Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I made me think about myself. Every year around the month of September I began to get really depressed. It usually last for a few weeks and then goes away. I had heard a while back that fall season is when you have the most suicides. People tend to get

Modeling effects and children

Soneonce bring up participant modeling as a form of exposure therapy to treat specific phobias. When I was reading about this in the text, I felt that this could be a really wonderful form of treatment with a very severe case of specific phobia. Some people with a severe phobia might not be able to handle direct contact with t

Are Blocked and Recovered Memories Valid Phenomena?

Critical Issue Analysis paper: Issue/case: Are Blocked and Recovered Memories Valid Phenomena? (Case attached) Analyze your selected critical issue by using the Critical Issue Analysis template (attachement). As a part of your analysis, evaluate contemporary research associated with your selected critical issue.

The Single-Case Design

The single-case design is not only used in controlled clinical research. It is also informally applied by the physicians we see every day. Are there strengths and weaknesses here?

ABAB design

Why are ABAB design helpful to clinicans and reseachers?

Analysis for therapy

VIGNETTE ONE Session One Jack is a 28 year old male of American Indian heritage. He grew up on an Arizona reservation. Both parents were alcoholics. Jack moved to a major East Coast city where he attended college. Jack is currently married. He and his wife are expecting their first child. Jack comes to therapy upon su

Placebo Response

What does it indicate about the mind-body interaction if during a clinical trial a placebo were to demonstrate the desired response in 30% of the subjects? Please provide at least 300 words in your response. Thanks!

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Discuss your understanding of the states of consciousness related to the use of alcohol and other drugs and the affects they have on behavior.