Assignment: PSY625: Biological Bases of Behavior
1.This case is an 80-year-old male who is on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and you are being
asked to see the patient to evaluate him for dementia versus delirium. The patient is a retired
professor who was living alone and independently prior to his injury. He fell on the ice while
retrieving his mail and sustained a right hip fracture. He underwent surgery for repair of his hip
fracture two days prior to your consult. The patient has been exhibiting the following symptoms:
occasional visual hallucinations, confusion about where he is, inconsistent recall as to the reason
he is in the hospital, and behavioral outbursts (e.g., yelling and swearing
at the staff).
2.This case is a 65-yearold married female with 16 years of education. She works full-time as
an elementary school teacher. Her symptoms began suddenly one evening; her husband noted she
referred to the dog food as “Jell-O” and called the television remote a “fork.” She appears to
understand conversational language and can read and write normally, but is unaware of her
paraphasia errors in speech.
3.This case is a 48-year-old male who is referred for an evaluation of behavioral and mood changes. Over the past year, his wife has noticed that he has become increasingly withdrawn and
isolated. He no longer enjoys any type of social interaction and prefers to spend his time alone
playing card games on his computer. He is college educated with no previous significant
medical, neurological or psychiatric history. He works as an engineer and has been at the same
company successfully for the past 20 years. In the past year, his supervisors have noticed that his work
quality has declined and he seems less motivated and “
excited” about his job. Task she had always completed early are now being done late or not at all,
and he appears unconcerned that his job is now in jeopardy.
This case is a 16-year-old female with no previous history of any psychiatric conditions,
learning difficulties, or a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She is a high school
sophomore and her parents have noticed that her mood seems
to be “up and down.” She often falls asleep if not involved in a stimulating activity. Tea
cheers at school note good performance on tests, but homework is frequently turned in late and she appears distractible and fidgety during class. She works part-time as a waitress on the weekends but is in danger of losing her job due to frequent tardiness over the past 6 months.
This case is a 19-yearoldmale with 12 years of education who has worked in the field of construction successfully for the past two years. His girlfriend stated that he is often inattentive;
she finds that he “spaces out” when they are talking and she frequently has to repeat information
to him. He was involved in a car accident 6 months prior and sustained a very brief loss of
consciousness, but his Glasgow Coma Scale at admission to the EDwas 15/15. There was no evidence of pre-or post-traumatic amnesia.
Important information for writing discussion questions and participation
Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Important information on Writing a Discussion Question
- Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
- There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
- Include in-text citations in your response
- Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
- Follow APA-7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor
- A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
- Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
- Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
- Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
- Follow APA 7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
- Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
- Here are some helpful links
- Student paper example
- Citing Sources
- The Writing Center is a great resource
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