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To begin your Assignment, do a search of the Kaplan Library and the internet. You are also to use course material, but your project should include at least four additional references from the library and/or the internet (your final Assignment must include one library resource). The internet sources you use for the Assignment should be credible. You should not use internet sites such as Wikipedia where anyone can post information or Your information should be from acceptable psychological or medical societies, such as the National Institute of Health, Web MD, etc.

You will address the following areas that are outlined in the patient portfolio document. Part 2 through Part 4 of the patient portfolio should be a minimum of 675 words. All work should be in the student’s own words with quotes used very sparingly. No more than 10% of the work should be direct quotations. Be sure to address each of the issues with the use of several sources in the form of in-text citations to support your answers, and use proper APA format, including Times New Roman 12-point font. For help with APA writing style, please refer to the APA Quick Reference on Course Home and the Kaplan Writing Center (accessible from your student home page).

Using the provided template, as-is, develop the patient’s portfolio by addressing the following:

Part1: Background information about the patient

Provide background information that includes (a) the patient’s disorder, and (b) a list of the diagnostic criteria that the patient meets listed in the DSM-5 under the diagnostic criteria for the disorder.

Part 2:Psychological Approach

Select a psychological theory from the course textbook (chose either a cognitive or behavioral theory). Refer directly to the textbook or an academic source to explain the theory. After explaining the theory, apply it by discussing how it may explain the development of the case study’s mental illness. (Approximately 225 words)

Part 3: Biological Approach

Select a theory from the biological approach from the course textbook (choose either the genetic or neurological influence). Refer directly to the textbook or an academic source to explain the theory. After explaining the theory, apply it by discussing how it may explain the development of the case study’s mental illness. (Approximately 225 words)

Part 4:Sociocultural Approach

Select a theory from the social and cultural or interpersonal relationship approach from the course textbook. Refer to the textbook or an academic source to explain the theory. After explaining the theory, apply it by discussing how it may explain the development of the case study’s mental illness. (Approximately 225 words)

Part 5: Treatment

  1. Discuss what types of medical approaches (ECT, prescription medications, psychosurgery, or current medical devises) you would recommend for the patient by referring to studies showing its effectiveness in treating the disorder. (Approximately 75 words)
  2. Compare and contrast the side effects the patient may experience from the selected type of medical approach and support what benefit the treatment has on the brain chemistry or neurotransmitter activity. (Approximately 75 words)
  3. Discuss psychotherapy options (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, exposure therapy). Explain the chosen therapy and specifically how the patient would benefit from it. (Approximately 100 words)
  4. Provide both short and long-term goals for the patient’s treatment plan. Include accomplishments or behavioral changes you want to see in the patient. (Approximately 75 words)

Part 6: Conclusion

Defend which of the approaches can best explain the development (or cause) of the case study’s mental disorder and why your chosen treatment plan would be the most beneficial plan for the patient (biological approach, psychological approach, or sociocultural approach). (Approximately 150 words)


Must Used Kaplan lib and book for one references and this case study


Case study

Abnormal Psychology: Case Study
Case Study 4: James: General Anxiety Disorder
The Case
James is a 31-year-old man, living in New York City. His problems began during his residency, after
graduating from medical school. Being an internal medicine resident, his life is full of constant pressure
and responsibilities. His normal schedule involves 36-hour on call periods, daily 6:00 a.m. rounds, and
constant emergencies, and is grueling and exhausting. Gradually, he began to notice that both he and
his fellow residents were making a number of small errors and oversights in the care they provided to
patients and although they were not life threatening, he still found himself ruminating about these
lapses. He began hesitating to make decisions and taking action, for fear of making some catastrophic
mistake. His anxieties steadily worsened until he began calling in sick and avoiding particularly stressful
situations at the hospital. This resulted in not completing many of the assignments given to him by the
chief resident, who threatened to report him to the program head. As the year wore on, James’s
performance continued to decline, and by the end of the year, he was threatened with dismissal from
the program. Finally, he resigned at the end of the year.
Directly before his resignation, he began making plans to transfer to a less demanding program and with
the help of a colleague; he was accepted to a smaller, less demanding program in the same area. In fact,
the second position was far less taxing for the first year and James and at first, he honestly believed that
he could manage well with the demands and responsibilities. However, within a few months, the dread
of making a mistake and constant worry overwhelmed him and he, again, tendered his resignation. He
then began working as a researcher at biotech firm but even in this far less stressful position, he was still
overcome with negative feelings and worry about his competent. His contract with the firm ended a
year after he began the position and the company decided not to renew it. James is currently
unemployed, as even the thought of starting employment fills him with terrible anxieties, thus at this
point, he returned home to living with his parents and is living off a small trust fund set up for him by a
great uncle.
Not only did James’s terrible anxiety cripple his medical career, it has also created havoc in his
interpersonal relationships. His girlfriend of three years decided to break off their relationship because
of the stress his anxiety placed on their relationship. His parents, while supportive to a certain extent,
are disappointed in the lack of progress in his medical career. James realizes his fears are irrational and
intellectually knows that his is an intelligent and capable person; however, he is utterly powerless to
overcome his anxieties and takes great pains in avoiding situations that may exacerbate them.
Although with dysfunctional thought processes, James reports a number of somatic symptoms, including
tension, being easily distracted, and becoming easily irritated by minor problems. He often has
throbbing headaches, body aches and pains and is easily fatigued. Emotionally, he feels drained much of
the time, admitting to having low self-esteem and feeling “worthless” and “lazy.” Occasionally, brief
periods of intense panic overcome him, in which his heart races, he sweats profusely, and feels

Childhood Background
James grew up in a small town in Iowa, where his father was a respected local doctor and his mother
was an elementary school teacher. He has two sisters that have been extremely successful in their
careers: one is a PhD and teaches at a prestigious Northeastern university; the other is a successful
business owner in the Los Angeles area. James’s father, in particular, always placed great expectations in
him – pushing him to follow in his footsteps as a medical doctor. Throughout his academic career, James
was an overachiever, winning full scholarships at prestigious universities and obtaining funding for
medical school through research grants

reference (n.d.). Abnormal psychology: Case study. James   Retrieved from


*****is the textbook and must be used *****


Durand, V. M. & Barlow, D. H. (2012).  Essentials of abnormal psychology (6th ed). [VitalSource Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from

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