University of Phoenix
Dr. Kristi Lane, PhD
September 13, 2010
In this paper one will give a description of the data established upon a case study. One will outline the major symptoms of the disorder discussed in the case. The disorder discussed in this case is Paranoid Schizophrenia. One will give a description of the client background. One will also describe any factors in the client background that may predispose him or her to the disorder. One will describe symptoms that he or she may have observed that supports the diagnosis of the individual. One will describe the inconsistency of the disorder found in the case and explain any information observed about the …show more content…
Valerie’s delusions continued in the psych ward when she began to believe the doctors were trying to murder her and perform experiments on her. During Valerie’s illness she had experienced delusions of persecution, reference, and grandeur. Valerie also experienced two different situations of hallucinations that she characterized as good and happy hallucinations. After eight years Valerie could accept her diagnosis and receive proper medications.
Observations that Support the Diagnosis Symptoms of schizophrenia are highly variable; people with schizophrenia behave differently at different times. Some may become distressed and agitated, although others become catatonic. Almost all of the disorder’s symptoms have to do with some kind of disassociation with reality. Schizophrenic symptoms are usually characterized as positive or negative. Positive symptoms are abnormal thoughts and perceptions. This includes hallucinations, disordered thinking, and delusions. Negative symptoms are a loss or decrease in normal functioning. This includes lacking emotion (apathy), lacking energy, lacking pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, and a difficulty in concentrating. Hallucinations and delusions are the most common symptoms of schizophrenia. Hallucinations can be hearing, seeing, or believing things that are not there. Schizophrenics often hear voices that, especially in the case of paranoid schizophrenia, comment on them, or