B110 Final Reflection Paper
Rachel Renfrow (rrenfrow)
Instructor – Kelsey Bonfils
July 30, 2014
What are mood disorders?
At a young age, I’ve witnessed strange behaviors in my family, and even in myself. I noticed through observational learning (Chapter 7) that my mother and uncle, who both grew up and terrible homes, had these symptoms as well. My mother, who has bipolar disorder (Chapter 10) would wake up some morning ecstatic and in a very happy mood, but soon she would have mood swings and become angry very quickly. There would also be days where she was too depressed to even talk to or look at me and my siblings. My uncle, who has schizophrenia would have similar symptoms, but they were much more violent. Other than mood swings and depressions, my uncle would claim to hear things from machines and housewares, saying that they were speaking to him. Soon, he developed bizarre behaviors (Chapter 10), and became very violent and abusive with the rest of my family. He was no longer able to interact with people for very long without becoming convinced that they were plotting against him or saying negative things about him. When I was 11, I was diagnosed with major depression and PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Chapter 10). By experiencing different forms of abuse as a child, I developed a very shy and reserved personality which I still am struggling with today. I would experience days where I felt incredibly fatigued and miserable, and I would also have strange dreams and flashbacks about certain events that happened when I was younger.
How did these disorders develop?
Even though I’ve found similarities in the symptoms from these disorders, I’ve learned that there are differences in the ways they are...
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... could become higher for suicide or developing another disorder if I do nothing now.
How can I change?
I feel like changing my behavior will be a very complex and challenging thing to do, but it is a very important goal I have. Throughout the years I’ve seen many therapists and psychiatrists, and I’ve learned a lot about my disorders, and how to cope with them. I also have tried different forms of biomedical therapy (Chapter 10), and even though they have been unsuccessful so far, I am willing to try again if it helps my stability. I have also known that moral support is very helpful for me. Opening up to people is a difficult thing for me, but close friends and family have been supportive so far. I know that if I take small steps and make minor changes day by day, I will eventually make positive changes to my behavior and I could eventually learn to help others.
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