Soc 101 Paper 1

The purpose of this assignment is to show me that you comprehend how the environment plays a relevant role in the onset and/or symptoms of a psychological disorder.

I would like you to choose one of the following psychological disorders:

Anxiety disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Phobias (Social Anxiety Disorder or Specific Phobia)

Panic Disorder

Anxiety Related Disorders:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Subtypes of OCD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Dissociative Disorders

Mood Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder


Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

Anxiety Disorders of childhood (school/social phobia; separation anxiety disorder)

Mood Disorders of childhood (Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder)


*If you have a different disorder that is not mentioned that interests you, please email me.

The subject of your paper can be someone close to you (a family member or close friend, who has been or could be diagnosed with any of these psychological disorders) or, if you have struggled with any of these disorders, you can certainly use yourself as the subject. If you or someone close to you has not experienced one of the disorders studied, you may choose to write about a person from history or the media, or you may choose to write creatively and make up a character with your disorder of choice.

To show your understanding of the disorder and nature and nurture’s influence on it, I would like for you to discuss all of the following:

A brief history of the subject, including nuclear and extended family and the influence of these relationships; social, academic, medical, and behavioral history. Anything that might be relevant to his/her disorder.

When the disorder began in his/her life. What was going on in his/her life at that time?

What are/were the symptoms? Be specific (don’t just say, “he was depressed”). List the symptoms in detail, including their severity and consistency.

How did the symptoms affect the subject’s life? What effects developed daily: in work, relationships, school, daily functioning?

What treatments, if any, did the subject receive? If no treatment has been given, please state why.

How do you believe his/her history suggests a cause for the disorder? How do you link the pieces of the history to the specific symptoms of the disorder? Here you will have to think hard and be creative—just like a clinical psychologist!

If you were treating this subject, what form of clinical intervention/therapeutic technique would you recommend or suggest from the ones studied in this class? Why? Be specific here too (Don’t just say, “I think counseling would be good because it helps with depression”).

The following are critical:

You must answer 1-7 in your paper

Your paper must be double-spaced and submitted as a PDF attachment in D2L.

This paper is worth a maximum of 25 points

The paper must be 4-6 pages (no less than 4 full pages; please no more than 6 maximum).

LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED but you may turn them in early.

I will be using software to check for plagiarism. Don’t do it.

Most importantly, I will be docking points for poor spelling, particularly poor grammar, and generally poor writing. I will also be docking points for not following directions. All elements 1-7 must be present and instructions must be followed exactly as they are described above. I will certainly appreciate papers that are free from all spelling errors. Do yourself a favor and not only use Spell-Check, but read and re-read your paper several times, checking for grammatical and spelling errors. I cannot emphasize this enough. It is also a good idea to have someone else proofread your paper.

Any questions you may have can be addressed to me via email:HYPERLINK “”

Rubric: 25 points possible

3 points each section 1-7 including content and completion (21 points total)

4 points for grammar, spelling, organization and overall writing quality (4 points)

No late papers will be accepted. Papers will be 4-6 pages in length, typed, proofread, and researched thoroughly. If citations are necessary you must use HYPERLINK “”APA format

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