Florida National University Psychopathology of Mental Health Patients Case Study

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Purpose:Analyze and apply critical thinking skills in the psychopathology of mental health patients and provide treatment and health promotion while applying evidence-based research.
Scenario:

A 44-year-old white Australian man who was not religious was referred to outpatient psychiatric treatment. He had been playing with an Ouija board for two months when he started to believe that a spirit had entered his body through his rectum and was controlling him. He thought the spirit made him move and speak in a certain way.

He sought help from a local church, where he was told it was a psychiatric problem and that he was not really possessed. Two exorcisms at a local church failed to achieve any improvement.

Questions:

Remember to answer these questions from your textbooks and NP guidelines. At all times, explain your answers.

  1. Discuss the relationship between mental illness and religion.
  2. Is this classified as psychopathology? Support your response.

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
  • You should respond to at least two of your peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts. Your reply posts are worth 2 points (1 point per response.)
  • All replies must be constructive and use literature where possible.
  • Please post your initial response by 11:59 PM ET Thursday, and comment on the posts of two classmates by 11:59 PM ET Sunday.
  • Late work policies, expectations regarding proper citations, acceptable means of responding to peer feedback, and other expectations are at the discretion of the instructor.
  • You can expect feedback from the instructor within 48 to 72 hours from the Sunday due date.

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Grading Rubric


Your assignment will be graded according to the grading rubric.

Discussion Rubric
CriteriaRatingsPoints

Identification of Main Issues, Problems, and Concepts

Distinguished - 5 points
Identify and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the issues, problems, and concepts.

Excellent - 4 points
Identifies and demonstrate an accomplished understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

Fair - 2 points
Identifies and demonstrate an acceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

Poor - 1 point
Identifies and demonstrate an unacceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

5 points

Use of Citations, Writing Mechanics and APA Formatting Guidelines

Distinguished - 3 points
Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Exceptional use of citations and extended referencing. High level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

Excellent - 2 points
Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. Moderate level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

Fair - 1 point
Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need more precision and attention to detail.

Poor - 0 points
Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. An unacceptable use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need serious attention.

3 points
Response to Posts of Peers

Distinguished - 2 points
Student constructively responded to two other posts and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal to each.

Fair - 1 point
Student constructively responded to one other post and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal.

Poor - 0 points
Student provided no response to a peer's post.

2 points
Total Points 10

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Explanation & Answer

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Psychopathology of Mental Health Patients

Student Name, First Name, Middle Initials, Last Name
Department, Institutional Affiliation
Course Number and Title
Instructor’s Name
Submission date

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Psychopathology of Mental Health Patients
Mental health can be described as the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional well-being of an
individual. It is simply how a person feels, thinks, and behaves. Mental health affects an
individual's way of life, the relationships he/she keeps, and to some extent, his/her physical
health (Thomas, 2016). Religion involves belief systems that provide a framework for people's
lifestyles. It has a connection with mental health in that it can either affect it positively or
negatively. Therefore, this paper will analyze the relationship between mental health and
religion, the psychopathology of mental health patients, and treatment and health promotion
methods.
The dynamics between mental health and religion are ever-changing. However, research
shows that mental health has had an association with religion since the early times. It provides a
framework of belief systems that guide a person's lifestyle and affect their mental health. The
beliefs, behavior, and environment of a person affect their mental health. Religion helps mental
health patients to find hope and comfort. It can also have an influence on the recovery process by
affecting their adherence to medication and treatment programs. In this case, the client's spiritual
direction led him to use an Ouija board which later affected his mental health by causing
hallucinations concerning why he was experiencing behavioral changes. In as much as he was
not religious, he tried seeking spiritual help to manage his issues. This shows how the belief
systems come into play with mental health by providing hope that it can help heal mental health
clients. Research also shows that religious people tend to have overall good mental health as
opposed to non-religious (Hunter, 2015).
Mental illnesses are classified under psychopathology when they display specific
symptoms and categories. The client's disorder is classified as psychopathology since it involves

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behaviors and feelings that cause distress. He shows psychopathology symptoms such as
excessive worry, mood changes, and feelings of distress which upset him and led him to seek
spiritual services. His symptoms also meet the criteria used for diagnosis of mental illness and
psychiatric disorder as he suffered from hallucinations and psychosis. According to Northoff
(2018), the main theory of hallucinations in cognitive psychology is the source monitoring
hypothesis. It implies that people who hallucinate make faulty judgments about the origins of
their experiences, resulting in them mistaking their inner speech or visual imagery for stimuli
external to themselves. The brain changes that affected his mind to body interactions making him
have paranoid feelings are also classified under psychopathology symptoms.
The pathophysiology of the mental condition is still not well understood by medical
professionals. Consequently, a gap in the mechanism of pharmacological treatment exists
because of inadequate knowledge, which may lead to errors when treating a patient. Moreover, a
wrong treatment may lead to negative impacts on the patient and the family members. However,
there are ethical and legal guidelines that are followed by doctors when handling patients with
mental illnesses, and t...


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