Test # 3
Abnormal Psychology – PSYC 3363.002
Posted on Blackboard: 04/09/2014
Deadline to return the exam: 17/09/2014
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1. Case Study # 1 – Richard (maximum 60 points)
By the time he was admitted to the psychiatric hospital, Richard was talking a mile a minute. He harangued the other patients and ward staff, declaring that he was the coach of the U.S. Olympic track team and offering to hold tryouts for the other patients in the hospital. His movements were rapid and somewhat erratic as he paced the halls of the ward and explored every room. At the slightest provocation, he flew into a rage. When an attendant blocked his entrance to the nursing station, he threatened to report her to the president of the Olympic committee. He had not slept for 3 nights. His face was covered with a stubbly growth of beard, and his hair was scattered in various directions. His eyes were sunken and bloodshot, but they still gleamed with an intense excitement. His life had taken a drastic change over the past 2 weeks. Richard was 35 years old, married, and the father of two young children. He worked at a small junior college where he taught physical education and coached both the men’s and women’s track teams. Until his breakdown, the teams had been having an outstanding season. They were undefeated in dual competition and heavy favorites to win the conference championship. The campus was following their accomplishments closely because it had been many years since one of the school teams had won a championship. In fact, track was the only sport in which the school had a winning record that season. This was not the first time that Richard had experienced psychological problems. His first serious episode had occurred during his junior year in college. It did not seem to be triggered by any particular incident; in fact, things...