Ashton, a college student of Caucasian descent, is 21 years old and has problems with body odor, an absence of emotions, and hallucinations. He is thinking so much that it is beginning to damage his academic performance, which is already declining. He believes his roommates are constantly keeping tabs on him and spying on him. The American Psychiatric Association (2013) suggests that his hallucinations, delusions, and scattered thoughts indicate schizophrenia. As a last option, Ashton locked himself in his room and barred his roommates from entering so he may avoid being “monitored” by them.

While prescribing medicine to a person with schizophrenia may help them feel better and control their dopamine receptors, there is always the potential for unwanted side effects, as with any prescription (Getzfeld, 2018). Movement disorders are a possible side effect of several antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia (Getzfeld,2018). Medication has the potential to aid these people, but it also carries the risk of fostering an addiction that may lead to further substance usage.

Significant progress may be made in treating schizophrenia via therapy, which also benefits family members by providing them with constant support and education. Helping the patient and their loved ones comprehend the root causes of their symptoms so that the former may take charge of their health and the latter may give necessary treatment when the time comes are two of the most important goals of psychosocial support. When medicine and CBT are used together, they may effectively reduce symptoms and facilitate positive behavioral changes.

As with physical health issues like cancer and heart disease, I believe that mental health deserves equal attention. Insurance should cover mental health matters since they are essential and might have physical consequences. No one is to fault for developing these conditions. Some persons with these diseases may not be able to care for themselves and might require support during the treatment process; therefore, this should be a part of the plan.


American Psychiatric Association (APA). (2013). Diagnostic and statistical ma nual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Getzfeld A. (2018). Abnormal Psychology (2nd ed.). Retrieved from 

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:
· Differentiate between dissociative and somatic symptom and related disorders.
· Describe what roles are played by unconscious thoughts and feelings in causing these disorders.
· Describe how helping professionals treat dissociative disorders.
· Differentiate among the different treatment methods and theoretical perspectives, of dissociative identity disorder.
· Describe how helping professionals treat somatic symptom and related disorders.
· Differentiate between malingering and factitious disorders.
· Describe the difficulties in diagnosing factitious disorders.
If anyone knows what it’s like to be paralyzed and still have feelings it’s me. I could use a few moments of oblivion. (Dr. Christian Troy to Dr. Liz Cruz, 

Sigmund Freud believed that everyday memory lapses might be caused by the repression of troubling thoughts and feelings. By using examples from typical life situations, Freud hoped to demonstrate that repression is not an abnormal process but rather the ego’s routine way of defending itself against unacceptable thoughts and impulses. He maintained that everyday memory lapses and slips of the tongue obey the same psychological principles, and are explainable by the same theories, as psychological disorders. The difference between them is one of degree. Repression, a normal psychological process, causes a mental disorder when it becomes so pervasive that it interferes with either occupational or social functioning. This is consistent with one of the recurrent themes of this book—an acknowledgment of the continuity between normal and abnormal behavior.
Over the years, theorists have challenged many of Freud’s views, but the idea that unconscious thoughts and emotions can produce psychological disorders still seems to prevail when it comes to the 
DSM–5 categories discussed in this chapter—dissociative disorders and somatic symptom and related disorders.

Although they are the most written about, and indeed fascinating, psychological disorders, we know surprisingly little about the etiology and treatment of the dissociative disorders and somatic symptom and related disorders. 
Dissociative disorders derive their name from their main symptom—the “disassociation” of the personality. (
Dissociation here refers to the separation between the personality and the body. That is, the body is physically there while the mind is elsewhere.) Our personalities are the totality of our inner experiences and our behaviors. Normally, the various parts of our personalities are glued together by our memories. In the dissociative disorders, our memories and sometimes our identities become detached (dissociated) from one another. We may forget the past or, in some cases, even who we are.

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