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Depression and Suicidality

PSYC 430

Case Study: Depression Answer Sheet

Ellen: Depression and Suicidality

Student Name:

Diagnosing Ellen

1a. Refer to the DSM-IV checklist and list all symptoms that Ellen has that match the criteria for major depressive episode. Which of Ellen’s symptoms meet any of the criteria? (Be sure to match specific symptoms with specific criteria.)

1b. Can Ellen be said to be suffering from a major depressive disorder?

1c. Explain and defend your diagnoses or lack thereof.

2. Where does Ellen fit with Shneidman’s taxonomy of people who intentionally end their lives?

3. What factors are present that may trigger a suicide attempt by Ellen?

Explaining Ellen’s Depression and Suicidality

1. What genetic factors might play a role in Ellen’s depression?

2. What biochemical factors might play a role in Ellen’s depression?

3a.What would a psychodynamic theorist say about the origins of Ellen’s depression?

4. How might Freud’s concept of symbolic or imagined loss help explain Ellen’s depression?

5. What evidence is there that Ellen is engaging in the cognitive triad and automatic thoughts?

6. How might the hormone theory help explain Ellen’s depression?

7. How would the body dissatisfaction explanation lend to understanding Ellen’s depression?

8. With regard to Ellen’s wish to commit suicide, which of Durkheim’s categories does Ellen belong and why?

Treating Ellen

1. Explain how a psychodynamic therapist would treat Ellen for her depression and suicidal tendencies.

2. Explain how a behavioral therapist would treat Ellen for her depression and suicidal tendencies.

3. Explain how a cognitive therapist would treat Ellen for her depression and suicidal tendencies.

4. Explain how an interpersonal therapist would treat Ellen for her depression and suicidal tendencies.

5. Explain what biological treatment might be appropriate for Ellen.

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