PSY 215 SP 2017
You have until May 1st to complete the essay question part of your midterm exam. You may save and return to this portion of the exam multiple times before submitting.
Please answer the following 5 essay questions. You may use any materials from the course (textbook, articles, slides, notes). I would not recommend using online (internet) resources with the exception of the APA website. You do not need to cite in APA format but please put the source you use to support your answer in parenthesis, where appropriate.
There is no limit on length but try to answer the question as completely/thoroughly as possible, using support for your argument, for full credit. Partial credit will …show more content…
A friend has just confided to you something that is particularly hard for them to talk about. They would often start and stop during the middle of their story and were showing signs of distress. They have told you they are having difficulty sleeping and that whenever they think about this and their heart starts pounding. They know you are taking a psychology class and ask you what you think is "wrong with them?"
A. What three questions would you ask them to try and get a better picture of what is happening to them? Make sure to justify and support your question.
Did this happen directly to you/in front of you?
I would use this question to determine if they were sympathetically upset or personally traumatised, as experiencing a catastrophic event (not seeing it on the news or otherwise digitally) is the first criteria for PTSD (via slides on trauma related disorders).
How is your mood when this isn’t on your mind?
This question would help determine whether they had any dissociation or hyperarousal, two criteria for PTSD (via slides on trauma related disorders) that would bolster my belief they could have a trauma related disorder. If they answered that it was always on their mind, that would indicate intrusive recollection, another criteria (via slides on trauma related …show more content…
Unless the clinician seeing the patient highly recommended it, I would recommend against pharmacological intervention due to dependence and side effects.
3. What would be the criteria used to distinguish between clinically significant fear and anxiety and everyday fear and anxiety? Clinically significant fear and anxiety causes distress even just thinking about the object of fear. Most people would feel nervous seeing a bear or giving a public presentation in real life, but someone with clinically significant fear wouldn’t be able to even imagine those scenarios and remain calm (via slides on phobias and anxiety). Clinically significant fear and anxiety have far-reaching effects that may be felt in the body, behaviour, or ability to function (via DSM-5 on phobias).
4. Imagine that you are a defense attorney arguing against civil commitment for your client. Based on the text material, describe three different reasons you could give the judge for not committing your