This assignment is an analysis of a selected neuropsychological
disorder. This topic choice will be used to complete the Week One
Assignment (Topic Selection), Week Two Assignment (Outline of Final
Project), and the Week Five Assignment (Final Project). Select a
neuropsychological disorder for comprehensive analysis from the
following list, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5):
Major depressive disorder
Choose and focus on one of the anxiety disorders, e.g., generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Substance use disorder (substance abuse and addiction)
Provide both an overview of this topic plus a focus on a single drug of your choice.
Neurodevelopmental disorder (autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Choose and focus on one of the neurocognitive disorders, e.g., one of the dementias.
Choose and focus on one neurological disorder, e.g., multiple sclerosis, spinal bifida.
Choose and focus on one of the sleep-wake disorders.
Feeding and eating disorder
Choose and focus on one of the feeding and eating disorders.
Sexual dysfunction or gender dysphoria disorder
Choose and focus on one of the disorders in these categories.
Other neuropsychosocial disorder
This option must be approved in advance by the instructor before your assignment is submitted.
In keeping with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper will
be on the neuroscience aspects of the disorder, to include:
Theories of etiology (causes)
Associated factors in development of the disorder (genetic, environmental, familial, lifestyle)
Pathology (abnormalities of physical structure and function, including genetic and biochemical aspects)
Treatment options (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, with rationales for use based on current understanding of the disorder)
Diagnostic and research technologies employed in clinical diagnosis, care, and basic science research
Your research will include two to three peer-reviewed sources that
provide evidence-based information regarding the biologic and
psychological features of the disorder. Refer to the Final Project
guidelines, which can be found in Week Five of your online course or in
the “Components of Course Evaluation” section of this guide, for more
details on the components that should be included in this analysis
Writing the Selection of Final Project Topic
Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length, and
formatted according to APA style as outlined.