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Create a 1,200-1,500-word safety plan for a client similar to Ted, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia that addresses potential depression and suicidality.

Include the following in your safety plan:

  1. What symptoms would a client with schizophrenia exhibit? What symptoms did Ted display?
  2. How would you have addressed Ted’s symptoms related to delusions, hallucinations, and depression?
  3. What other diagnosis might Ted have been misdiagnosed with and why?
  4. Describe which theories would have been most effective and which theories would have been least effective for treating Ted’s schizophrenia. Explain your rationale.
  5. Describe treatment options for addressing all of Ted’s symptoms.
  6. Explain how a client’s religious or spiritual beliefs come into play during the process of dealing with depression and suicide.
  7. Include at least five scholarly references in addition to the textbook in your paper.

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Case Study: Ted A single man of 40 years of age named Ted cut his carotid artery at home. He had suffered from chronic schizophrenia, dominated by paranoid symptoms, for 20 years. During his illness, Ted had spent a total of 12 years in mental hospitals; individual hospitalizations had varied in duration. While he was hospitalized, his bizarre delusions of altered body states and his experiences of being controlled by external, often invisible, agents rapidly disappeared. He had death wishes and suicidal thoughts since the onset of his schizophrenia. Death wishes also stopped soon after hospitalization. Over the years, opinion about Ted changed and his condition began to be regarded as hopeless. He was difficult to treat; he accused personnel, was unreliable, acted pretentiously, and reacted by acting out. Four years before committing suicide, he had to be transferred to another mental hospital. Two years before his death, he was transferred to a halfway house belonging to the hospital, because the staff feared that his dependence on the hospital might become excessive. After his transfer to outpatient care, his suicidal tendencies increased. Six months before committing suicide, he lost his long-term nurse. Subsequent treatment consisted of occasional office visits with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Just before committing suicide, Ted tried to enter the hospital where he had been during the initial phases of his illness. He had suffered increasingly for a few months from paranoid fears of being murdered. He threatened to commit suicide unless he was admitted to the hospital, but the threat was considered demonstrative and hospitalization was brief. The day before he committed suicide, he visited his childhood home and became afraid that a group of men had surrounded the house. He repeated his wish to enter a mental hospital. During his final night, his state changed. According to his father, the Ted was exceptionally calm on the day of his death. The father said, "He no longer seemed afraid of anything." Adapted from: Saarinen, P. I., Lehtonen, J., & Lönnqvist, J. (1999). Suicide risk in schizophrenia: An analysis of 17 consecutive suicides. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 25, 533-542. © 2018. Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved.
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Running Head: CASE STUDY: TED


Case Study: Ted
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Schizophrenia is a disease of the mind that presents in various forms. Schizophrenia is a
chronic disease and patients have to be under management throughout their lifetime (Tisdale, et.
al, 2010). The patients have to live on medication to reduce the exacerbation of the disease. The
patients suffering from this disease require a lot of family support so as to help the patient cope.
Any person can suffer from schizophrenia as it does not affect a specific cohort. There are many
factors that cause schizophrenia. For instance, a person can inherit the disease from the parents.
It is also caused by the environmental factors or induced by substance abuse.
A patient suffering from schizophrenia exhibits a group of symptoms. For instance, a
patient experiences delusions where he believes that certain facts exist. In this scenario, Ted
experienced delusions in his early stage of sickness. Ted experienced bizarre delusions of altered
body state. He also experiences hallucination where he claimed that he was under the control of
external agents who are invisible and who randomly appeared and disappeared. Ted also
experiences paranoia after he visits his childhood home and perceives that some men were
surrounding the home.
He also experiences paranoia and is afraid of being murdered. Ted also finds it hard to
undergo treatment because he thinks that the medical personnel are not acting in his best
interests. During the treatment, Ted acts pretentiously and makes it hard for medical officers to
administer treatment. Ted also shows symptoms of a patient suffering from major depression. At
the onset of his disease, Ted expresses death wishes and suicidal thoughts. Ted also harbors
suicidal thoughts before his death he threatens to kill himself if he is not admitted to a hospital.
Ted’s suicidal tendencies skyrocket until he finally commits suicide by cutting his carotid artery.



The patients suffering from delusions may also experience disorganized thinking patterns
and speech. They may lose interest in activities and routines they used to do before the diagnosis
of the disease. The patients are also unable to concentrate on activities because their thoughts are
not orderly. The patients may also find it hard to maintain social relationships because they
easily get bored. Besides, the patients are unable to express emotions in their speech by using a
flat tone. The patients also may make little speech and they find it difficult to apply some facts to
make a logical decision.
Psychotherapy helps manage a person suffering from delusions, hallucinations, and
depression as a result of schizophrenia. I would recommend Ted to attend therapy sessions with a
professional psychologist. It would also be better for Ted to attend group therapies and learn
about people like him who have succeeded in dealing with hallucinations, delusions, and
depression. A family therapy would also help Ted to cope with the symptoms. I would address
the wrong perception that Ted has toward the medical officials so that the treatment can be
effective. I would also encourage Ted to take his medications effectively so that they can prevent
recurrence of these symptoms.
Ted could have misdiagnosed with drug-induced psychosis because it has similar
symptoms as schizophrenia. A patient suffering from...

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