April 16, 2010
Possible Essays Chapter 14
A newspaper editorialist argues that the use of DSM-IV-TR diagnostic labels is destructively antidemocratic, because it enables an elite corps of mental health professionals to subtly control the values and life-styles of the rest of society. First give reasons supporting this argument, then defend the continued use of diagnostic labels.
June is so preoccupied with keeping her house absolutely spotless that she has no time to do anything but clean. After each family meal she not only washes the dishes, she also thoroughly cleans and polishes the kitchen table, chairs, floor, and cupboards. Although these cleaning rituals irritate her family, June is unable to discontinue them without experiencing intense feelings of discomfort. Use the learning and biological perspectives to explain June’s behavior.
A guest on a TV talk show claims that “major depressive disorder is not a psychological problem; it’s a disease that can be medically treated.” Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this claim.
Differentiate between dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia. Compare the usefulness of a medical perspective and a biopsychosocial approach for each of these two disorders.