Jessica's Case Study

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INTRODUCTION This assignment will be discussing Generalised Anxiety Disorder based on Jessica’s case study. This will be done by interpreting and discussing Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression as umbrella diagnosis to the case study using relevant clinical description. Biological, psychological and social aetiology of Major Depression and Generalised Anxiety disorder as disorders seen in Jessica’s case will be explained. We have identified Jessica’s case as that of Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive disorder as she shows symptoms of each of the disorders. Diagnostic criteria Burke (2009) gave symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder as the diagnostic criteria adapted from the DSM-4 and ICD-10 which are grouped …show more content…

The mood exceeds ordinary feelings of dissatisfaction and random sadness. Other symptoms include sadness, feelings of guilt and worthlessness. In the case study, it is reported that Jessica suffers from feelings of worthlessness and shame due to her inability to perform as good as she normally does. She is critical on herself and exerts an enormous amount of pressure on herself in order to meet her intended goal. As a result of this, she blames herself for not meeting the standards she set for herself which results in her depressed mood. Her inability to perform as good she does led her to lose her self-confidence and self-esteem further adding on to the symptoms she displays of Major Depression (Burke, …show more content…

According to Burke (2014), overall tendencies that are associated with anxieties are hereditary and can also result in a nature that may have a great risk of ever developing an anxiety disorder. Same as that for Major Depression Disorder, one would assume that in Jessica’s case, she may have been at a high risk level of developing a mood disorder through her genetic make-up which may be triggered by stressful life events (Burke, 2014). Neurochemistry By learning more about brain circuitry involved in fear and anxiety, scientists may be able to devise more specific treatments for anxiety disorders. Someday, it may be possible to increase the influence of the thinking parts of the brain on the amygdala, thus placing the fear and anxiety response under conscious control. In addition, with new findings about neurogenesis (birth of new brain cells) throughout life, perhaps a method will be found to stimulate growth of new neurons in the hippocampus in people with severe

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