Psychosocial Assessment Of A Person Research Proposal

Length: 8 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Psychology Type: Research Proposal Paper: #7516775 Related Topics: Dual Diagnosis, Virginia Woolf, Assessment Activity, Autobiography
Excerpt from Research Proposal :

Jamison's work, Allen notes, has drawn public attention to the intertwined relationship or creativity and manic depressive disorder.

Poets, out of all the artists, appear to suffer most often from mood disorders. One study Jamison notes, estimates that 50% of poets are adversely affected. A recent study of poets, however, at the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop, reported 80% are affected. Jamison likely felt confusion at one time regarding this contention. Strong evidence also indicates that mental illness impedes the creative process. Gwyneth Jones writes -- and a number of others appear to concur: "There is a very close connection between depression and creativity, but it's not of the crudely co not be the most representative" (Evans, 2006, ¶ 7). One common theme linking depression and creativity appears to concur that the depression contributes to vision while it impedes creation. David Budbill, another bipolar survivor, however, stated he had come to understand his periods of depression.

He did not see these disruptive times at both ends of the emotional pole as useless periods in his life, periods that were to be fought against and resisted. He viewed the challenging times, instead, "as dormancy periods, gestation periods, to be accepted, given in to; welcomed." Much later Evans (2006) realized during the depressed period of emptiness, he was simultaneously full of something new. Another survivor of bipolar disorder, Liza Porter, attributes to her ability to write (with medication) to gaining the focus and follow-through in her work. Allen (2008) points out the following:

The process of permanently altering one's consciousness, either through chemical or psychotherapeutic means, almost inevitably raises questions about the "self"; the true self, the core self, the soul, if you will. Just what is this "self"? Can it be essentially altered, and if so, is the new self on some level false or artificial? These poets consider the issue; by and large, they seem to prefer their new, altered ones. "My consciousness still seems wholly mine," Andrew Hudgins says, "and the things about me that had seemed crazy have ameliorated. Is something missing and I'm unable to see it? Who knows? If so, I can't discern the loss." Chase Twichell expresses most eloquently what many of the essayists seem to feel: "I never forget that what I call my 'mind' is being chemically altered on an ongoing basis," she writes. "But am I less 'myself than I would otherwise be? Maybe the drugs make me more like my essential self, since they presumably compensate for the brain's shortcomings. So, what am I? A screwy mix of brain chemicals? ... Why, too, cling to the memory of consciousness as it once was? Maybe someday I won't even remember what my 'natural' mind was like. I certainly wouldn't ask for it back." (Allen, 2008, ¶ 9)

In the newspaper account, "Mad Geniuses? Johnston, Van Zandt and the Trouble

with the Myth," (2006), Jamison (1996), notes that individuals such as Vincent van Gogh, the famous painter the novelist-suicide, along with Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf; and the opium-addicted poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge were manic depressive (Mad Geniuses…, 2006).

Maxmen, Ward and Kilgus (report in Essential Psychopathology and its treatment is a "no-nonsense" book that a number of psychiatric text are written as if students did not understand anything more than the "most basic facts" (p. 2009). Spitzer (1976) points out that psychiatric diagnosis serves to define clinical entities so the clinicians possess the same understanding of what a diagnostic category means.

One might note, Evans (2006) points out, that an emphasis on memoirs of people diagnosed with disorders, including bipolar disorder, would complement...

...

No school in the United States, however, Jamison (1996) states, requires students to read first-person accounts of mental illness. According to Jamison, mood disorders may be understood in a number of ways other than personal accounts. These venues include "through clinical, biologic, and psychological studies" (Evans, ¶ 3). Those type studies, however, related by third-person perspectives, do not provide the kind of understanding that first-person accounts relate.

First-person accounts do not compete for information relating to [or understanding mood disorders] ... But they are ways that work together," Jamison purports. Memoirs of mania and depression can enhance the general understanding of such illnesses as they describe or provide:

The phenomenology of symptoms, course of illness, and subjective experience of the illness.

Perspective on treatment and healing.

A view of the illness as a part of larger human issues and struggles.

Insight into the continuum of normal and pathologic mood states, behavior, and thinking.

A basis for clinicians and scientists to generate hypotheses.

A way of reaching a wide and diverse audience while being able to influence public policy, clinical practice, and research. (Evans, 2006, ¶ 4)

As noted at the start of this study, personal accounts of mood disorders serve as undervalued assets. When families, as well as the survivors of mental illness understand its manifestations, the invested effort will help draw attention to current issues. Books by Jamison, (2006) and others, also as Evans (2004), notes, may proffer the power to transform and/or positively influence lives.

REFERENCES

Allen, B. (2008). Aesthetic phantoms. The Hudson Review. Hudson Review, Inc. NY.

Retrieved April 23, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P31597331351.html

The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from http://www.mdf.org.uk/index.aspx?o=56891

Evans, J. (2006). Personal accounts of mood disorders often undervalued. Clinical Psychiatry

News. International Medical News Group. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from HighBeam

Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-152011025.html

Frequently asked questions about DSM. (N.d.) DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from:

http://www.dsmivtr.org/2-1faqs.cfm

Horwitz, A.V., & Wakefield, J.C. (2005, Wntr). The age of depression. Public Interest 39+. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5008256347

Jamison, Kay Redfield. (1996). Unquiet Minds. Vintage Books.

Mad geniuses? Johnston, Van Zandt and the trouble with the myth. (2006, March 31). The Washington Times, p. D01. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5014440775

Maxmen, J.S., Ward, N.G. & Kilgus, M. 2009. Essential psychopathology and its treatment.

Published by W.W. Norton & Company, Edition: 3 ISBN 0393705609, 9780393705607.

Retrieved April 23, 2009 from:

http://books.google.com/books?id=ndsIkxoNvJIC&pg=PA414&dq=Essential+Psychopa

hology+and+its+treatment+by+Maxmen+J.S.+and+Ward.+(1995).&lr=&ei=95nwSaSx

Kb0ygSn2ZHsDQ#PPR15,M1

Munoz, R.A. (2005). Exuberance. Clinical Psychiatry News. International Medical News

Group. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from HighBeam Research:

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1132055675.html

Urdang, E. (2002). Human behavior in the social environment: interweaving the inner and outer worlds. Haworth Press. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from:

http://books.google.com/books?id=rNE6zdYTml4C&pg=PA30&dq=an+unquiet+

ind&ei=NKDwSe41mZjIBNq8pfIH#PPA31,M1.

Sources Used in Documents:

REFERENCES

Allen, B. (2008). Aesthetic phantoms. The Hudson Review. Hudson Review, Inc. NY.

Retrieved April 23, 2009 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P31597331351.html

The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from http://www.mdf.org.uk/index.aspx?o=56891

Evans, J. (2006). Personal accounts of mood disorders often undervalued. Clinical Psychiatry


Cite this Document:

"Psychosocial Assessment Of A Person" (2009, April 24) Retrieved October 22, 2021, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychosocial-assessment-of-a-person-22556

"Psychosocial Assessment Of A Person" 24 April 2009. Web.22 October. 2021. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychosocial-assessment-of-a-person-22556>

"Psychosocial Assessment Of A Person", 24 April 2009, Accessed.22 October. 2021,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychosocial-assessment-of-a-person-22556

Related Documents
Psychosocial Assessment
Words: 1748 Length: 7 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 34201218

Psychosocial Assessment Describing Problem Personal Status Current Pattern of Use and Drug History Substance Abuse and Treatment History Medical History and Current Position Family History and Present Relationships Positive Support Structures Crime and Law-breaking Education Employment Inclination for Treatment Social History Resources and Accountabilities Mental Status Exam Narrative Treatment Plan Psychotic Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Drug Dependence, in sustained remission Depression Psychosocial Assessment PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT-William Burg Describing Problem William is a 35-year-old, black male. William Living in CUCS supportive housing, alcohol addiction/sober for 6 months and has PTSD. He also does not have

Adolescent Psychosocial Assessment
Words: 2865 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 54875989

Adolescent Psychosocial Assessment SECTION I – SOCIAL HISTORY Personal In list format, cover the following: 1. Name: John Mathew 2. Age: 18 3. Sex: Male 4. Race/Ethnic: Black, African-American 5. Education/Occupation: Student 6. Health: Okay Social John's family lives in an apartment situated in the middle of a range of complexes. The residence is right in the middle of communities in Washington, DC. The household is always abuzz with activity. There are two boys named Zebulon and David. The boys still

Psychosocial Issues Affecting African-American Student in NYC Public...
Words: 6869 Length: 23 Pages Topic: Teaching Paper #: 75548572

PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING African-American STUDENTS PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING African-American STUDENTS "They never want to hear what I have to say…it doesn't matter who started a fight, or what a teacher said to you that made you mad. You might have something heavy going on at home but no one asks. They're not interested. They just want you out of the school." 17-year-old 11th grade African-American female student, NYC (Sullivan, 2007, p. iii). In New York City, one of

Psychosocial Impact of Modern Technologies
Words: 4966 Length: 13 Pages Topic: Children Paper #: 48269452

They are in the process of transition from becoming children in the home to an equal partner in the world of equals. Some of the children get pleasure from the required intellectual stimulation, being productive and seeking success then they succeed in becoming competent. If they do not succeed, then they develop a sense that they are inferior. (Erikson's Eight Stages of Human Development) A similar type of development

Psychosocial and Developmental Assessment of
Words: 1878 Length: 7 Pages Topic: Family and Marriage Paper #: 48279234

A relatively recent phenomenon in the American family is the increase in young adults living at home. This development changes the conditions of midlife for many parents who expected an empty nest at this stage of their lives (Birren & Schaie, 2001). Relationships between parents and their adult children also are changing at this time because the "children" are now adults so they relate to their parents on a different

Assessment Process
Words: 3434 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Psychology - Abnormal Paper #: 42011974

Therapy is usually applied in cases such as the one exhibited by Kong, following the loss of a loved one. The procedure is outlined below: The Semi-Structured Clinical Interview The informal assessment of individuals faced with the effects of the loss of a loved one such as Kong's case is the semi structured interview. This approach allows the therapist to classify victims according to the symptoms that they exhibit. The approach allows