Dissociative Identity Disorder

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

 Purpose: Complete a psychological report assessing a fictional person (famous person, character from television/film/literature, or history) based on the psychological disorders we cover. The person does not actually need to be diagnosed with a mental disorder, however a strong case should be made for the existence of one. You will use the DSM-5 prototype and descriptions to support your diagnostic decision.

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**Remember, this is an assessment- not a summary or description of the movie/book plot.

  1. Identifying Information. Briefly introduce the client with demographic information. This will include information like their race, age, sex, marital status, occupation, SES, and living situation. Also provide a brief statement of the presenting problem. For example: Eeyore is being referred for services due to concerns related to a persistent low positive mood.
  2. History and current circumstances. Report on the person’s personal history and current life circumstances, focusing on the significant factors related to mental disorder. Do not write a short biography, emphasis should be placed on aspects that might relate to the disorder. Discuss biological factors (e.g., family history of mental disorder, any medical problems), psychological factors (e.g., personality, coping strategies, substance use, cognitive styles, defense mechanisms, learning experiences, or physical trauma), and social factors (e.g., family, academic, social relations, cultural influences).
  3. Signs and symptoms of mental disorder. Report all of the signs and symptoms of the mental disorder that the person exhibits. Signs and symptoms are found in the DSM-5 criteria for mental disorders in the text or online. You will need to talk about all criteria for the disorder you are diagnosing your character with. I should be able to identify which criteria the person meets from the description of symptoms. If the person does not meet the required criteria exactly, you must be able to make a case for why he or she should still receive the diagnosis. This section is the most critical for you to demonstrate what you know about the disorder you have chosen.

Bad example: “Christopher Robins experiences hallucinations.” This does not let me know that you know what a hallucination is and it does not give me an understanding of what this looks like in the character.

Good Example: “Christopher Robins experiences daily visual hallucinations, which are sensory experiences in the absence of objective sensory stimuli. For example, Christopher Robins is frequently observed talking to someone named, Pooh, which he describes as a bear that lives in the forest with….”

A complete DSM diagnosis should be given for the person. Remember, you are providing a diagnosis for their current presentation, not a diagnosis for their whole life.

 

  1. Conclusion. Conclude by explaining what you have found interesting or learned about the diagnosis you have given. Mention any myths you may have heard, stigma associated with it, or how it is perceived by society. Report how you can help “normalize” abnormal behavior with the knowledge you have learned through this assignment and throughout the semester.

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