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You should budget your time wisely and work on your project throughout the course. As outlined below, some activities and assignments in the course are designed to assist you in creating your final project. If you complete your course activities and use the feedback provided by the instructor, you will be on the right track to complete your project successfully.
- Suggested in Week One: Read the Final Project Overview, Case Studies, and Timeline in Appendix A. Complete the assignment on the nature-nurture issue. Review the concepts behind nature and nurture.
- Suggested in Week Four: Complete the assignment on eating disorders. Review the symptoms and theories behind anorexia.
- Due Week Six: Complete the assignment on sleeping disorders, diseases, and drugs. Review the sleeping disorders and possible drug interventions.
- Due Week Seven: Complete the discussion on drug addiction. Review the concepts of drug addiction, withdrawal, and tolerance. Review possible drug interventions and solutions.
- Due Week Eight: Complete the assignment on psychiatric disorders, diseases, and drugs. Review the concepts relating to schizophrenia and anxiety and the possible drug interventions. Choose the two case studies you will examine for your final project. Begin organizing information on the topics of your choice.
- Due in Week Nine: Submit your final project.
Beth is a normal child raised in a well-balanced home by caring parents. As a teenager, she began to experience an overwhelming fear of gaining weight and becoming fat. Her fear was unfounded because Beth’s weight was normal for her height and age. Beth began to diet and lose weight, but regardless of how much she weighed, she had a very poor self-image. Beth has become dangerously thin, but she denies the seriousness of her condition. Regardless of how much weight she loses, she feels like she needs to lose more. Beth has missed several menstrual cycles and continues to severely restrict her food intake. Her weight continues to drop. Beth’s mother and father are deeply concerned, but they do not know how to help their daughter (PsychCentral®, 2006).
Ron is a 33-year-old man who has been in and out of the court/jail system for the last several years. He started drinking as a teenager but his alcohol abuse began to be a serious problem in his late 20s. Ron has several DUI’s (driving under the influence) and has been arrested several times, but he seems unable to control his drinking. To his credit, he admits that he is an alcoholic. Ron has been through a variety of inpatient treatment facilities for his alcoholism, but after a brief time of sobriety, he has always relapsed back into his daily abuse of alcohol. His wife is concerned about him, but she does not know what to do for her husband.
Tom is an engineer, he is happily married, and he is the father of three bright, healthy children. By all appearances, his life is stable and satisfying. Tom, however, suffers from continual worry that he has a difficult time turning off. His anxiety may center on anything from his perceived health problems (he has recently been to his doctor for a physical, but no health issues were discovered) to money and job responsibilities. At times his anxiety peaks to the point that it interferes with his ability to function on the job. Physical symptoms include muscle tension, headaches, and hot flashes that often accompany Tom’s anxiety. Tom often feels nauseated, and he becomes easily fatigued. When he feels anxious, Tom has difficulty concentrating, he becomes irritable, and he has difficulty falling asleep at night. All of these symptoms have been present for the last 6 months. Tom has tried to talk himself out of his anxiety, but this has not worked for him. Tom’s wife is supportive, but she does not know what to do for her husband (Hauser, 2005).