Elizabeth, Marisa, Haley, Patricia, Tillie, and myself 

Case study (Tillie)—boy who was 13 and got admitted into hospital in India, random outbursts, sleeping issues, felt backwards, random unexplained increased communication, wouldn’t do school assignments but when he did he spent a long time on them, refused to listen, didn’t have hallucinations so schizophrenia ruled out, irritable, CT scan normal, submitted for psychometric investigation with test of mental ability and based on tests bipolar was diagnosed
  • Medications: 2mg risperidone increased to 4mg with significant improvement and back to 2mg doing well in treatment

Court case (Schizophrenia):
  • USA vs. Jared Lee Loughner 
  • He killed 6 people and injured 13 in Arizona (including congresswoman Gabriel Giffords)
  • Involved APA and AAPL (American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law)
  • Filed brief in case to address arguments over Jared’s forced medication which supposedly caused his schizophrenia 
  • diagnosed with schizophrenia and declared incompetent to stay on trial
  • when in federal prison in 2011, the circuit court permitted that prison authorities forcedly administer antipsychotics because he was posing a danger to himself and others
  • prison later had hospital authorities overrule the court order to administer medications because he was talking about suicide
Case Study #1 (Schizophrenia):
  • Helen has paranoid schizophrenia and pregnant
  • Diagnosed at 12
  • Brother committed suicide at 20
  • Mother of 5
  • Pregnant for the first time at 15 yrs old
  • NRAMP study which is National Register of Antipsychotic Medication and Pregnancy 
  • Study wants to see association between antipsychotics and effect on fetus
  • Smoked 10 cigarettes throughout pregnancy, ongoing chest pains, developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • Baby had many abnormalities 
Treatment (Schizophrenia):
  • Medication
  • Therapy
  • In extreme cases: electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation

Book: The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing His Hands: the experience and treatment of obsessive and compulsive disorder (OCD):
First family:
  • First 2 chapters father and son have OCD
  • 2 main types: washer and checker
  • Father (narrator) is a checker
  •  Convinced he hit someone in the car so he has to keep driving to that same spot to check although no one is on the road
  •  Son has a need to play with string but doesn’t know why he has to
Second Family:
  • Father—has to search books for words regarding life or death
  • If someone says something related to death, he has to get them to say a word that means life to undo the death
  • Punishes himself for having fun
  • If he wants to go on a date he won’t be able to use the escalator for a certain amount of time
  • Son is washer so he picks things up with his elbows to avoid his hands getting dirty
  • One person who has to walk through door a certain way and if he doesn’t do it properly he has to keep doing it until he gets it right
Treatment (OCD):
  • Medication
  • Behavioral therapy or cognitive therapy
  • People don’t know why they have to do what they do they just know they have to do it
Court Case (OCD):
In this court case, a man in suburban Louisville, Kentucky named  Jerry
Seidl shot his wife saying that it was because of his Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder.
  • Married for 47 years
  • Shot his wife because he claimed OCD
    • Wife moved out of the family house
    • Dorene wanted protection because of domestic violence
      • Husband previously put a gun to her head
    • Dorene wen to the house to get her personal items
      • Had a note saying why she wanted to leave
    • Husband shot his wife in the head 5 times
      • Fatal wounding
      • He surrendered to a SWAT team
  • Seidl's lawyer said that Jerry had Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
    • Contradicted himself by saying he had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
      • These are different from each other
      • Ocd has specific thoughts
      • OCPD has thoughts that don't cause anxiety
  • Psychiatrist said that Seidl suffered from OCD
  • Seidl's attorney indicated in court that his client deserved some sort of special consideration because he murdered his wife “under extreme emotional disturbance”
  • Seidl was guilty with a 35 year prison term.

Book: Prozac Nation (Depression):
  • Our book is about a girl struggling with depression ever since she was a young teenager
  • he book is about her journey with depression, and how she tried to deal with it
  • think the book is very interesting
  • learned a lot from the book.
  • learned about the drugs that people with depression can take
  • learned that depression can be a result of many different things.
  • realized that there are many different positive and negative aspects from depression and the journey to recovery
  • learned more about the illness itself.
  • a lot more than people think it is.
  • It is not just cutting yourself and trying to kill yourself
  • There are many different ways people deal with their depression, and many different ways people try to cover it up
  • Depression is a condition of mental disturbance characterized by such feelings to a greater degree than seems warranted by the external circumstances, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life
Case Study (Depression):
Sonya is a 52 year old woman with depression. Her father was an alcoholic. They started using flower essence for her therapy, and during each stage they increased the amount of essences they used and noticed a severe uplifting in Sonya which made her depression slowly but surely become less and less.

Court Case (Depression):
A dentist was charged with billing Medicaid and private insurers as well as with money and laundering. History of psychosis. Supposed to stand trial but his condition deteriorated and his ability to stand trial was questioned. During a bail he yelled and spit at the magistrate and faced additional charges after conspiring to kill a witness and an FBI agent. He was sent for an evaluation and was found incompetent to stand trial after being diagnosed with delusional disorder. He was sent to a medical facility. The judge realized that the man was a danger to himself and others but medication could render him less dangerous. He was forcibly medicated. In a 6-3 ruling the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling to administer psychotic drugs to a criminal solely for the purpose of rending his or her ability to stand trial.

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    My name is Carly and I am a senior in high school. This blog is being used as my "journal" for my final project in Psychology. Enjoy!


    December 2012