Application: Case Study – Personality Disorders Chaotic lifestyles, chronic life interruptions, fractured support systems, and frayed identities collectively describe some of the characteristics of individuals who suffer with personality disorders. Individuals with personality disorders are similar to children navigating through life confused and unsure. Even when surrounded by family and friends, individuals who suffer with personality disorders may feel isolated and alone. As a future professional in the field of psychology, assigning a diagnosis of personality disorder may be very complex. For this Application, review the case study in the Learning Resources. Consider important client characteristics for developing a personality disorder diagnosis. Think about your rationale for assigning a particular diagnosis on the basis of the DSM. The Assignment (3–4 pages) A DSM diagnosis of the client in the case studyAn explanation of your rationale for assigning the diagnosis on the basis of the DSMAn explanation of what other information you may need about the client to make an accurate diagnosis based on the DSM diagnostic criteria Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources and current literature used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course. References American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. Personality DisordersParis, J. (2015). The intelligent clinician’s guide to the DSM-5 (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from the Walden Library. Chapter 14, Personality DisordersCrosby, J. P., & Sprock, J. (2004). Effect of patient sex, clinician sex, and sex role on the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder: Models of underpathologizing and overpathologizing biases. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60(6), 583–604. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.Jovev, M., McKenzie, T., Whittle, S., Simmons, J. G., Allen, N. B., & Chanen, A. M. (2013). Temperament and maltreatment in the emergence of borderline and antisocial personality pathology during early adolescence. Journal Of The Canadian Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 22(3), 220–229. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. Case study: Laureate Education. (Producer). (2012). Psychopathology: Personality disorders. [Video file]. Retrieved from

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Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders
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MALE SPEAKER: Tell you the truth, I don’t even want to be here. My mother,
she nags. She pushed me to come. Of course she’s 86. She nags and complains
about everything. I came just to keep her quiet.
FEMALE SPEAKER: You mentioned that she’s concerned about your not having
very many friends.
MALE SPEAKER: I don’t have a girlfriend. That’s what bothers her. She comes
over to my apartment, starts talking how I don’t take care of myself, How I need
to meet someone, get married.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Sounds like you’re dealing with some frustration, some
annoyance. What do you think about it when she’s talking about these things?
MALE SPEAKER: She’s my mom. I know she cares, but a woman. I’ve been
alone too long to change now. I don’t want a relationship. I never have. It’s not a
big deal.
FEMALE SPEAKER: What about your other friends? How would you
characterize your social life?
MALE SPEAKER: I mean, I know people. They’re friends.
FEMALE SPEAKER: But what do you like to you when you guys get together?
MALE SPEAKER: I don’t need other people to do things. I can be my own best
friend. I like my privacy.
FEMALE SPEAKER: What about the rest of your family? Do you spend a lot of
time with them? Are you close with them?
MALE SPEAKER: My mom’s my family. I don’t care about my father or my sister.
FEMALE SPEAKER: How about when you were in school and college? How
would you describe your social life back then? Students often have opportunities
to socialize, activities, making friends.
MALE SPEAKER: I didn’t have much use for all that. I was busy studying. You
don’t get on the dean’s list by playing around.
FEMALE SPEAKER: No, you don’t. And what was your major?
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MALE SPEAKER: Electrical engineering. I didn’t finish, though. I went three
semesters. That was it for me. Trust me, I learned a lot more when I stopped
going to classes. The other students, they were completed idiots. I’m not kidding.
I taught myself everything I do now at my job– math, statistics, computers, data
You want to know how long my commute is? 10 steps. 10 steps, my bedroom to
my desk. I do all my job right there at home. It’s perfect.
FEMALE SPEAKER: So besides work, what do you like to do in your free time?
MALE SPEAKER: World of Warcraft, an online role playing game. 20 levels,
incredibly complex. It has the most incredible special effects. I’ve been playing it
for years, and I still get shivers every time I turn it on and hear that theme music.
FEMALE SPEAKER: What do you like about it so much?
MALE SPEAKER: It’s hard to explain if you’ve never played it. Basically you go
exploring and you get to create your own fantasy world, whatever it is. Sky’s the
FEMALE SPEAKER: And how do you feel as you’re playing it?
MALE SPEAKER: You know how they say there’s nothing left, nothing more left
to explore or discover on earth except maybe at the bottom of the ocean? But
I’ve always imagined myself making some great new discovery. You know, like– I
don’t know. Something great. This game lets me do that.
FEMALE SPEAKER: It sounds like you spend a lot of time playing it.
MALE SPEAKER: It’s time well spent as far as I’m concerned.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Let’s go back to your family a little bit. You had mentioned
some strong feelings about your father, your sister.
MALE SPEAKER: My father. You want to know why I didn’t have any friends
when I was young? My old man. I’d be hanging out in the yard with some kids in
the neighborhood, throwing the ball around, goofing off, and he’d come out and
start yelling at me for no reason. He’s just make up an excuse. His voice. It was
like having razor blades thrown at you. And after that, nobody would be hanging
out in the yard anymore. Just me. And at night, sometimes I was afraid just to
come out of my room because I didn’t know how he was going to be. Was I going
to get a smile or the back of his hand?
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