Case Analysis

Case Analysis – 100 points

Your term paper should explore a recognized DSM-V disorder. Some disorders that appear in childhood should be avoided as this course focus is on adulthood psychopathology.

See list. – Your paper should address the following:

A definitive clinical picture of the disorder you are researching. (Short description).

You should include the following:


Prevalence rates – one line

Cultural variables – Is this a Western bound disorder or is it found all over the world such as schizophrenia?

Age of onset. What is the average age when symptoms appear that lead to a diagnosis?

Gender features (ex. Bipolar is equally common among men and women; major depression is seen 2X more in women then in men etc.)

Etiology ( e.g. Is it due to biology e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar, or is it trauma based or a combination?)

Course (will it be a lifelong chronic course e.g. schizophrenia or relatively short episodes e.g. depression?)

Current treatment -What is the most effective treatment for your chosen disorder?

Prognosis of the disorder you are researching. What is the end result you expect to see with regard to the symptom picture? E.g. What would the symptom picture look like when the person is 70. E.g. Would the client still have to be on medication

– APA style is required with title and reference page.

– Must be double spaced (12pt type and Times New Roman)

– Must have within text citations. THIS IS A MUST!!

– Articles, the DSM-V, books, and online sources are fine BUT NO WIKAPEDIA.

Do not use the text book as a source. Guidelines for APA writing format:

List of Acceptable Disorders for Paper: Choose any one disorder under the heading. DO NOT ATTEMPT A CATEGORY.

Anxiety disorders

Panic disorder-panic d/o


Specific phobia

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Social phobia

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Personality disorders

Cluster A




Cluster B





Cluster C



Obsessive Compulsive Pd

Mood disorders

Major Depression


Double depression

Seasonal Affective disorder

Bipolar I

Bipolar II


Rapid Cycling Bipolar

Psychotic Disorders:



Schizoaffective disorder

Schizotypal disorder

Delusional disorder

Brief Psychotic Disorder

Sexual disorders

Gender Identity disorder

Intellectual disability (formerly called mental retardation MR)

Fragile X

Downs syndrome

Eating disorders

Binge eating disorder (BED)

Anorexia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa

Substance abuse disorders

Choose any type of addictive substance such as cocaine, alcohol, heroin etc.



Cognitive disorders



Alzheimer’s Type

Vascular Dementia

Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Fugue states

Dissociative amnesia

Somataform disorders

Conversion disorder

Body Dysmorphic disorder


Somatatization disorder