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5 pages. This comparative research paper gives a thesis regarding possible treatment for schizophrenia, a discussion of three criteria for these treatments as well as a conclusion that summarizes the major points and reiterates the thesis. Schizophrenia has been known to be treatable using different methods but there is still some controversy as to ...

An 8 page paper which examines the field of forensic mental science as it relates to, and as it is presented in, the situation involving Ted Kaczynski, the unabomber. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page overview of depression noting that while depression is most often thought of as a psychological disorder, there are a number of factors which can be associated with the disorder. Current research reveals, in fact, that depression can be caused by either environmental factors or biological factors. A third school of ...

8 pages in length. The writer touches upon operant conditioning as it relates to mental illness and seemingly normal behavior, postpartum psychosis in relation to mothers murdering their infants, as well as various aspects of mental instability pertaining to motherhood. Bibliography lists 7 sources.


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This 5 page report discusses schizophrenia which is most generally described as: “A severe mental disease characterized by illogical and confused thought patterns.” Schizophrenia is marked by the persistent presence delusions, hallucinations, derailed or incoherent speech, hugely disorganized or catatonic behavior, and/or the absence of feeling or volition. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Melville's Bartleby:

  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper discusses Bartleby's phsical appearance and his mental state. These two personality traits are discussed in terms of how they affect the character of Bartleby and his behavior. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 6 page paper discusses theories about depression and resultant treatment interventions. Depression is the second leading cause of disability in the United States affecting as many as 19 million adults each year. Although the exact cause of depression is still a mystery, recent advanced research has demonstrated that disruption in the functioning of the ...

A 5 page overview of conduct disorder. This paper defines the condition and reviews a 1995 article by A. E. Kazdin, one of the primary researchers in the field of conduct disorder. Bibliography lists 2 sources.


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A five page paper which looks at Temple Grandin's autobiographical work Emergence, which deals with her experiences with autism and the ways in which she learned to cope with the condition and integrate into mainstream society. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

11 pages in length. Classified as a severe mental disorder recognized by such psychotic symptoms as thought disorder, hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, organic brain disease such as schizophrenia impairs virtually every aspect of one's ability to function normally within society. Treatment oftentimes includes a combination of medication, psychotherapy and social-vocational rehabilitation for the ...

An eight page paper which considers the way in which community care programmes are being implemented in Massachusetts, and the arguments for phasing out state schools for the mentally disabled.

A 20 page analysis of Shakespeare’s Falstaff in “King Henry IV”, Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” and Sir Epicure Mammon in Ben Johnson’s “The Alchemist”. The author approaches these characters from the aspect of the psychoanalyst to explore they manic depression. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the psychological condition of schizophrenia. The author emphasizes the importance of DSM IV criteria and psychological testing in distinguishing between the paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, and undifferentiated schizophrenic. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the novels “Sybil” and “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” as they relate to the reality of self-splitting. The paper also discusses the nature of psychotherapy in assisting such split personalities. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

6 pages in length. Mention the term electro-convulsive therapy and it is bound to elicit a response of fear and skepticism. This particular type of psychotherapy, introduced in 1938 by Cerletti, gained a dubious reputation almost from the moment it was created due to the procedure's invasiveness and mind-altering influence. That electric ...

An 8 page evaluation of the psychiatric condition known as “panic disorder”. This paper defines the condition and provides a review of the literature regarding its manifestations and the various options for treatment. An outline for future research considerations is also included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

An 8 page discussion of these theories as they apply to what is known about the background and psychological deviance of Jeffrey Dahmer. The author presents evidence from Dahmer’s background and criminal behavior which supports both Reckless’ theories on inner and external containments and Gottredson and Hirschi’s theory of self control. Bibliography lists ...

The Want-Ad Killer

  • 5 page paper

A five page paper which looks at the crimes of the serial killer Carignan, known as the 'want-ad killer' with reference to Loni Athens' theories of brutalisation. Bibliography lists 2 sources

This 8 page paper provides an overview of arachnophobia or a fear of spiders. Animal phobias are discussed in depth as is treatment in the form of desensitization. Forms of desensitization are discussed and some case studies provided. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

This 7 page paper dicusses the character of Macon and his obsessive compulsive disorder. This paper asserts that Macon is this way because he is hiding his grief and despair. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Treatment for Anorexia

  • 8 page paper

An 8 page paper comparing and contrasting Salvador Minuchin’s structural approach to treatment of anorexia to the more common strategic approach that seeks to treat only the anorexic. The paper contains no introduction and no conclusion, only comparison of these two approaches. Bibliography lists 12 sources.


  • 6 page paper

6 pages in length. Not unlike a wild animal who pursues his prey, human stalking elicits the same sense of terror and doom from its unwitting victim. The very nature of stalking is often meant as a gesture of adoration in the mind of a psychologically unbalanced individual, as in the case of ...

This 26 page paper evaluates the psychological development of the normal child as opposed to one who turns out to be a bully. Bullying behavior is evaluated. The term is defined and bullies and their victims are discussed in depth. Bibliography lists 26 sources.

This 5 page report discusses Temple University’s Philip C. Kendall’s Childhood Disorders. The book offers what is clearly topical information about the current understanding of different psychological disorders of childhood. Kendall offers his commentary and research that is then tied into the most “traditional” of the major models of disorders and uses both existing literature and case studies ...

An 8 page discussion of the causes, manifestations, and treatments of this serious psychological disorder. While many consider this condition as one solely associated with the amusing types of behavior such as that portrayed in the popular television program “Monk”, OCD is a serious psychological condition and one which can manifest itself in ...

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