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  • What psychological disorder discussed in Chapter 8 of our textbook do you find the hardest to understand? Why?

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  • If a loved one or family member had this disorder, what type of therapy would you suggest that he/she seek? Why?

Instructions

  • Write two paragraphs, one for each discussion question
  • Due Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Guidelines
Discussion board posts are worth up to 25 points per week and will be graded according to the following guidelines:

  • 20 points for initial response distributed as follows:
    • 10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely
    • 5 points for correct citation, reference, and use of APA style
    • 5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • 5 points for a response post which is focused in nature and is at least 100 words in length

Grade Value – 20 Points

  • 10 points for answering the initial post prompt completely
  • 5 points for correct citation, reference and use of APA style
  • 5 points for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Response Post

Instructions

  • Respond to one initial post by a classmate
  • Due Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Grade Value – 5 points

  • 5 points for a response post
    • Focused in nature
    • Minimum of 100 words in length

    Please respond to: Renee

    Discussion Response

    I have worked in the mental health field for almost 14 years. So, I have worked with adults that have been diagnosed with one or more of the disorders presented in chapter 8. I am a program specialist for a non-profit organization, where I manage a residential facility with three male adults with dual diagnosis. Despite my experience with the disorders, I find conversion disorder to be one that I am unfamiliar with. I find it interesting that there are no medical findings to explain the loss of functioning in this disorder. Also, the added indifference is confusing (Nevid & Rathus, 2016.) I would think if I experienced unexplained loss of eyesight or paralysis, I would be very concerned. The reason I find this particular disorder hard to understand is that there are so many unknowns and unproven reasons that this can occur to someone.

    Considering there aren’t any symptoms or medical findings for what causes this disorder, I would suggest cognitive therapy. Simply because the focus is on developing healthier thoughts and beliefs. The indifference that comes with conversion disorder is what could be addressed with my family member through cognitive therapy. Teaching and encouraging someone to develop more rational thought, could help with recognizing the loss of functioning that occurs with a diagnosis of conversion disorder. (Nevid & Rathus, 2016.)

    Reference:

    Nevid, J. S., & Rathus, S. A. (2016). Psychology and the challenges of life: adjustment and growth (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

 
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