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Rasmussen College Mood Disorders Discussion

Rasmussen College Mood Disorders Discussion

Question Description

1. Consider the videos assigned at the end of Module 3.

a. First, assume that you are a social worker employed within an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at the TV station where Haley works. Using an enthusiastically biological/medical model approach, describe what Haley is going through in psychiatric terms. Interpret any deviant behaviors or thoughts as symptoms of mental illness. You will obviously be referring her to a psychiatrist, so what symptoms will you report, and what diagnosis (or diagnoses) will you list on the referral form? What is the presumed cause of her distress?

b. Now, write a second description of Haley’s experiences. In this description, do not use psychiatric or medical model language, nor any psychiatric diagnoses. Interpret her thoughts and behaviors using other perspectives of your choosing. Pretend you are explaining Haley’s problems and experiences to an intelligent person who simply will not accept a medical model-based explanation. The goal here is expressly not to simply use non-psychiatric synonyms to re-state what you wrote above, but to look at her problem from an entirely different perspective (or perspectives). To enhance your critical and creative thinking, I do not list suggestions here. Make sure you include the presumed cause of her distress in your formulation.

c. These two descriptions are artificially dichotomized (it’s never this simple). However, when you compare and contrast the two descriptions, what issues are illuminated for you?

2. Imagine that you are a LCSW in private practice and are seeing a client who probably meets criteria for major depression. The client suffered a bereavement three months ago and has not yet returned to her previous functioning. A friend of the client told her that she “probably has a serotonin imbalance.” She is a college graduate, and fairly intelligent. She took an online depression assessment which indicated that she was probably suffering from the mental illness of depression. At her first appointment, she has the following questions: “What is major depression? Does this mean I have a serotonin imbalance?” Write out your proposed answers to her questions using the assigned readings as references. [Note: The Deacon article from Module 1 also contains relevant content for this question]. Pay special attention to the 2nd video (“Rose-Colored Boy”). There is a discussion board question on this one, so it is worth watching twice. Using only observation of non-verbals, there is a lot going on here, but the lyrics are listed below so that you can get full context.

This video exercise is the foundation for one of your discussion board questions, so you might want to take a look at that here before watching the video.

(And yes, “Rose-Colored Boy” is actually a pretty accurate portrayal of what local news looked like in the 1980s).

Rose-Colored Boy

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Rose-colored boy

I hear you making all that noise about the world you want to see
And oh, I’m so annoyed
‘Cause I just killed off what was left of the optimist in me

But hearts are breaking, the wars are raging on
And I have taken my glasses off
You got me nervous, I’m right at the end of my rope
A half-empty girl
Don’t make me laugh, I’ll choke

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
Hey man, we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

(Low-key, no pressure- Just hang with me and my weather)

I want you to stop insisting that I’m not a lost cause
‘Cause I’ve been through a lot
Really all I’ve got is just to stay pissed off
If it’s all right by you

But hearts are breaking, the wars are raging on
And I have taken my glasses off
You got me nervous
And you’re turning it into a joke
A half empty girl
Don’t make me laugh, I’ll choke

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
Hey, man, we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

Leave me here a little bit longer
I think I wanna stay in the car
I don’t want anybody seeing me cry now
You say, “We gotta look on the bright side”
I say, “Well maybe if you wanna go blind”
You say my eyes are getting too dark now
But boy, you ain’t ever seen my mind

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
Hey, man, we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
I know we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

(Low-key, no pressure- Just hang with me and my weather)

  • Compose your response in Microsoft Word, formatted per APA style, and save it to your computer. Copy and paste your response into the discussion board forum for this assignment. Attach the Word document to your post before you save it to the forum in Canvas.
  • Your post, not counting the reference section, needs to be a minimum of one and a half pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, with one inch margins all round, and no additional before or after paragraph spacing (requires changing the default settings in Word). Points will be deducted if you do not write enough. You may add a cover page to the Word document that you attach to your post, but do not put the cover page onto your post in the forum.
  • Copying from another student’s post, even their reference section, counts as plagiarism, as does copying from books, articles, or websites without the proper punctuation and citation to indicate that it is a direct quote from a specific source. Avoid using direct quotes, but if you do use a direct quote, it must be no longer than one and a half lines, and a maximum of one direct quote per post is permitted. Direct quotes are discouraged. Use your own words and cite the source of your information properly.



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