Dysthymic Disorder Case Study

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~ Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from normal experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain ... it is entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion. ~William Styron (1925-2006) The purpose of this paper is to analyze, diagnose, and to determine a proper treatment plan to work toward the beneficial prognosis for the individual indicated within the case study. Case study: Eve is a 40-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of having trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and experiencing an inability to concentrate. These symptoms are causing problems for her at work, where she is an accountant. What is a Dysthymic Disorder, and how does it affect an individual? Dysthymic disorder is a chronic mood disorder that falls within the depression spectrum. This is a long-term, chronic disorder, but with less severity than Major Depressive Disorder. Just like major depression, dysthymia has roots in genetic, neurochemical imbalances, childhood and adulthood trauma, and social circumstances, especially in isolation and the unavailability to access mental health professional services. The stress that provokes at least early onset form is usually chronic. The criteria for Dysthymic Disorder states that an individual must have two or more of the following symptoms lasting for more than two years: feelings of hopelessness, insomnia or fatigue, poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor appetite or overeating, and last irritability. Some of the symptoms will exclude mania, hypomanic or mixed episode commonly associated with bipolar dis... ... middle of paper ... ...ess of Psychotherapy and Combination Treatment for Chronic Depression,” Journal of Clinical Psychology (Aug. 2003): Vol. 59, No. 8, pp. 893–905. Comer, (2005) Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (4th Ed.). New York: Worth. Fieve, 2006. Bipolar II, Rodale Retrieved July 22, 2010 http://www.medicinenet.com/dysthymia/page4.htm Harvard Health Publications, 2005 .Dysthymia Retrieved on July 27, 2010 Works Cited Arnow BA, et al. “Effectiveness of Psychotherapy and Combination Treatment for Chronic Depression,” Journal of Clinical Psychology (Aug. 2003): Vol. 59, No. 8, pp. 893–905. Comer, (2005) Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (4th Ed.). New York: Worth. Fieve, 2006. Bipolar II, Rodale Retrieved July 22, 2010 http://www.medicinenet.com/dysthymia/page4.htm Harvard Health Publications, 2005 .Dysthymia Retrieved on July 27, 2010
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