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To reflect on what you have read or studied so far in a course is an essential part of understanding. This worksheetwill provide a place for you to take some time to reflect on understanding how psychology can help you in your everyday life. Please use this week's readings to assist you.
As you have learned,your mental health and wellness can affect your life and how you interact with others as a student, professional, and in your personal relationships.Through Grand Canyon University's Four Pillars, a GCU student learns that physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is vital to success in academics,in a chosen career field, and in life in general.
Explain what abnormal and normal behavior is, and how to apply wellness strategies by completing the following:
Selecttwo of the four case scenarios.Read the scenarios and answer all the questions that follow. Finally, complete the "Wrap-Up"questions at the end of the assignment.Your responses should be thorough (25-75 words for each response). You may need to conduct some research on the problem you selected to ensure accuracy in your responses.
Case 1: Jamie - Single Mom
Jamie enrolled in the online Bachelors of Science in Psychology program at GCU in the spring of 2011. She is a single mom with two children under the age of 5, and she works full-time as a customer service representative.
Jamie is starting to feel overwhelmed with juggling school, work, and spending time with her children. Her physical symptoms are: wanting to cry everyday, sometimes being short with her children, withdrawing from friends and family, and being tired and worn out. She is considering quitting school so that her life will return to some normalcy, but then she worries about how she will pay back her student loans when her current job barely covers her bills. Not only that, but she doesnot want to give up on her dream of becoming a counselor. Jamie feels as though she is in an endless cycle and does not know how to resolve her feelings and physical symptoms. Her negative thought processes have skewed her thinking.
1. Consider different types of therapies suggested in chapter 11. Select a therapy that you feel could best address the problems that Jamie is facing. Describe how this particular therapeutic technique would help Jamie overcome her problems.
2. What community resources could Jamie use to help her feel not so alone and isolated? What else could you suggest for Jamie to help her through this time?
Case 2: John - Anxiety Disorder - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
John is single and has not worked in sometime. On a daily basis he fears what the day might bring. To make sure that the day goes right, he takes two showers daily, one after getting up in the morning and one at midday. He also makes sure that each household task, such as vacuuming, washing dishes, scrubbing the floors, etc., is completed by noon every day, and marks off these tasks on a checklist. Lastly, at night he checks his house to make sure all windows and doors are locked.He unlocks and locks the front door at least three times to assure that the lock is working.
John is also going to school, as he knows that he needs to find a job and is hoping to be able to do online computer work when he completes his degree. He is currently struggling with his schoolwork, as he has started to obsess about certain routines in it as well, such as double- checking with the instructor everyday that he has completed all of his work, posting five and six times to the classroom, and emailing his classmates daily to see if he has missed something. John recognizes that he needs some help, but does not know where to begin.
1. As his cognitive behavioral therapist, what recommendations could be madeto help reduce his anxiety?
2. What other types of therapy may assist John to reduce his symptoms of compulsion?
Case 3: Tim - Young Adult
Tim is finding the freedom of being out on his own exciting and cannot seem to experience enough of his friends and having fun. He is going to school online per his family's request to "make something of himself." Although this is the case, he does see the value of going to school and would eventually like to complete a degree in business. He finds himself not completing his schoolwork on time and is considering dropping out, but does not want to let his parents know he is failing. He is feeling anxious about this as he is getting further and further behind. He does not want to give up on having fun with his friends, either, and is stuck in not knowing how to manage responsibility to his family's wishes and maintaining a sense of freedom and autonomy.
1. Describe how group or family therapy may assist Tim in balancing his social life and responsibilities he has as a young adult?
2. Using an interpersonal approach to therapy, provide some insights or techniques that could be used to approach Tim's problem. Do you feel that interpersonal therapy is the best approach to take to addressing Tim's problems? Provide an explanation of why or why not.
Case 4: AliceSleep Disorder - Insomnia
Alice is an executive at a local business and has struggled since her early adulthood with falling asleep most nights. She says that she feels "mentally hyperactive" at bedtime, and is unable to stop the thoughts of the day, especially those issues that were unresolved. She also feels that when she does not get all of her work done for the day that she does not "deserve to go to bed." Any evening excitement such as a TV show, movie, or a party leaves her unable to quiet herself for hours, which leaves her tossing and turning in bed. Sometimes she finds herself waking up in the middle of the night, and her thoughts are again racing about the day's activities and problems. The lack of sleep leaves her feeling on edge at work the next day with her coworkers and with her fiancé. She has tried sleepaids, but they make her feel groggy the next day, and she does not want to become dependent on them.
1. Consider different types of therapies suggested in chapter 11. Select a therapy that you feel could best address the problems that Alice is facing. Describe how this particular therapeutic technique would help Alice overcome her problems.
2. Would you recommend psychotherapy or biomedical therapy as an option for treatment for Alice? Provide an explanation supporting your answer.
After reading the stories and answering the questions. Your responses should be thorough (75-150 words for each response). You may need to conduct some research on the problem you selected to ensure accuracy in your responses. Cite a minimum of two sources. To complete this worksheet by answering the following prompts:
1. Based on the scenarios you read, did either one represent abnormal behavior? Explain why or why not.
2. Of the people you chose to read about, how did their symptoms impact their life in a negative way? Explain.
3. How do you relate to the people in the stories you chose?
4. What positive psychology strategies might you use to combat the negative effects of these stressors and/or disorder symptoms?