Project #15807 - Case Study for Behavioral Neuroscience

Case Study Psychology 360 (Behavioral Neuroscience)

This should be between 2 to 4 pages double spaced and I can use sourse online to figure out what conditions the "patients" have. I would appreaciate if every "patient" is clearly assessed separately so I can tell when one assessment ends and when another begins. 

Instructions:

Write down all the symptoms for each patient and then cluster them together to see if a pattern emerges.  You should support each diagnosis with evidence from your sources and the description in the case study.  REMEMBER, EACH PATIENT HAS MORE THAN ONE THING WRONG WITH THEM.  Good Luck!

 Case Study:

Mr. L was transported to the emergency room at All Saints Hospital after a car accident at 10 p.m.  Mr. L did not see the parked car on the unlit street and hit it head on.  Mr. L is a 49 year old man who recently lost his job as a staff assistant to a CEO of a major corporation due to a significant decrease in job performance.  Over the past three years or more his family and co-workers noticed that he was becoming very forgetful and was seen driving around the block where his office was located many times.  When asked by a co-worker why he was doing this, the reply was he wasn’t sure if it was his office even though he had worked there for 15 years and then he laughed it off saying he was only kidding, but his co-worker knew something was wrong.  He had also been seen at his computer both at home and at work staring at the screen and not knowing what to do next on a document or an email.  Then just as quickly the information would return and he would continue with his work.  His son, who was listed as the emergency contact in his cell phone was called at the scene of the accident and met his father at the hospital.  His son, who does not live with his father, but who has been concerned about him, noted that one recent visit his father had consumed some milk that had clearly gone bad, but he didn’t notice the change in taste.  He also stated that his father had decreased his eating because he said that food was not pleasurable any longer.  When asked about his father’s overall health the son stated that his father had been in pretty good health, but about three years ago he had a rather mysterious virus that kept him out of work for several weeks with flu and cold like symptoms. 

Upon arrival at the ER, Mr. L was complaining about lack of vision in the right visual field.  During the ER stay he complained about sudden bursts of light and also having difficulty seeing at night.  In addition to the visual problems, Mr. L complained that he couldn’t hear the nurses’ questions and that she was mumbling much like his young grandchildren.  During the general exam, Mr. L became very confused and wanted to leave the ER after complaining that people were trying to hurt him.  He also asked his son on several occasions where mom was and when she was coming to get them from school.  It appears he had mistaken his son for his younger brother.  Other than the severe blow to the front of the head from the impact of the accident and some minor cuts and bruises, he appeared in good health.  The ER doctors called in consults from Opthamology, Neurology, Audiology and Psychiatry and their examination found…..

 

Meanwhile in the other trauma section of All Saints Hospital, a husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. W both in their early 60’s were brought to the ER by their adult son.  He had made plans to visit his parents for the day, but when he arrived he had found the following situation.  Every time his mother went out move an object she showed tremendous tremor in her right hand but not her left.  Mrs. W reported to her son that she had recently fallen and hit her head at the base of her skull on the edge of the bathtub.  She did have a large bruise and did report some vision and mobility issues after the fall, but tried to ignore the symptoms.  She showed no sign of tremor at rest, but it was noted by Nurse Jackie that that she had a slight hesitation of movement when asked to walk across the floor.  Her son also stated that his mother complained about constant fatigue when she went on her daily walks and would often have to stop and rest for prolonged periods of time before she could continue.  Interestingly enough when she worked in her garden especially on days when she sprayed for insects she showed little trouble with repeated activity.

 

Mr. W also showed some signs of movement difficult that had been progressively getting worse over the past 5 years.  According to their son, he moved away from home due to the abusive nature of his father and his substance abuse.  About 3 years ago his father was arrested for drunk and disorderly behavior and solicitation of a minor.  After the arrest, Mr. W lost interest in most activities and stayed home other than going to work.  Mrs. W had complained repeatedly to her son about her husband’s behavior about his mood swings and erratic behavior and she began to fear for her life.  Mr. W had been prescribed Valium for his anxiety and Ambien to sleep at night and several antidepressants.  During the past 2 months Mrs. W reported that her husband was hearing voices and began to have severe facial twitches and some tremors in his hands.  Both of them have unremarkable health histories other than a mysterious childhood affliction of Mrs. W who had a minor paralysis in both of her legs for several months as a child and was confined to a wheelchair for this period of time and then recovered with some minor walking problems, but nothing really noticeable.  Consults were called in from Neurology, Opthamology, and Psychiatry and they found…..

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