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Agoraphobia / Is it All in the Mind ? : 5 comprehensive pages discussing the symptoms, causes, possible hereditary factors etc; of this particular panic disorder. Bibliography lists 5 scholarly sources. Agorpap.wps

Panic Disorder / Etiology & Treatment : A 7 page research paper investigating the symptoms, causes, and treatments for panic disorder, an illness that strikes nearly 1 in every 50 Americans. While all people suffer through the anxieties and stresses of everyday life, the victim of panic disorder feels sudden, intense fear when there is no apparent reason to be afraid. The most effective treatment for this disorder has been a combination of mediating and psychotherapy. These and other issues surrounding the illness are discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Panic.wps

Analytic Treatment & Anxiety Disorders: A 7 page paper that provides an overview of the application of analytic treatment for DSM-IV designated anxiety disorders, then considers the effectiveness of this treatment option for children in comparison to cognitive and behavioral treatments. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Anatreat.wps

The Addictive Personality: A 3 page paper discussing the book by Craig Nakken (Hazelden Foundation, 1996). The paper briefly discusses the compulsive personality and the addictive process, which is characterized by beginning as a dependency. That dependency turns into a crutch, and addiction follows if the crutch breaks. The individual often will assign blame for personal failure to his dependency, relieving himself of any personal responsibility. Bibliography lists 1 source. Addpers.wps

Sexual Addiction : This 8 page paper looks at the concept of sexual addiction. Definitions are derived from twelve step groups and therapists. The controversy involving the existence of such a syndrome is also included. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Sexadctn.wps

Antisocial Personality Disorder : A 6 page paper discussing different aspects of antisocial personality disorder. This disorder is confused with psychopathy and has been variously referred to as the psychopathic or sociopathic personality. Antisocial behaviors are not the same thing as this disorder either. An explanation of the disorder, the confusions regarding diagnosis and treatment programs are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Aspd.wps

Predicting Antisocial Behavior : This 5 page paper provides a critique of a research study that focused on predicting antisocial behavior. The longitudinal study included more than 1,000 boys ages six and seven at the beginning of the study. Various measures were used to determine the type and degree of antisocial behaviors. Five years later, the initial measures were compared with actual behaviors to determine the most efficient predictor. Bibliography lists 1 source. Antibeh2.wps

Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) : This is a 6 page analytical research study that examines aspects of PPD (pervasive developmental disorder) pursuant to a discussion on the efficability of a study to determine the significance in the amount of misdiagnosed autistic adults and the likelyhood of endangerment in subsequent treatment. Bibliography lists 13 sources. Pdd.wps

Amnesia / Types & Causes : A 12 page paper describing the different types of amnesia and brain conditions that cause the condition. A section describing the how the brain and memory work. Separate sections illustrating different causes are included. These sections consist of Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, brain injuries, and traumatic experiences. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Amnesia3.wps

Mild Mental Retardation / Public Debate & Current Classification Terminology : In 1992, the AAMR (American Association of Mental Retardation, offered a descriptor for the designation of mental retardation not based in previous perceptions of mental incompetence, but instead outlining specific limitations in terms of general intellectual functioning and corresponding limitations in terms of adaptive behavior. This 3 page paper considers the definition of mild mental retardation currently being utilized in Special Education designations, and considers the implications of the change in the AAMR focus. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Mmr.wps

An Overview of Autism : a 20 page research paper that presents an overview of this devastating disorder. Autism is a perceptual disorder that affects the cognitive and language skills of a child, and it is usually characterized by ritualistic motor activity. Another devastating characteristic of these children is their social isolation. The child may not appear to want or need the comforting attention of a parent and will relate oddly to the environment--for example, developing a close attachment for an electronic appliance or a devastating fear of the vacuum cleaner. The causes of this disorder remain unknown despite a considerable amount of research; however, effective treatment plans and interventions have been developed. Bibliography lists 13 sources. Overaut.wps

Autism : A comprehensive 8 page overview of autism. Paper includes history, symptoms, psychosocial characteristics, theories, research, treatment, etc; A well-referenced bibliography lists more than 15 scholarly sources. Autism.wps

Autistic Children : A 10 page research paper that investigates aspects of autism, including: what it is, diagnosis, etiology and treatment. Autism is a condition that continues from infancy through adulthood. The most effective treatment programs are discussed as well as those in experimentation. Bibliography included. Autchild.wps

Autism In Children : An overview of the disorder is provided in this 5 page paper. Definition, symptoms, new research as well as the latest treatment options are provided. The controversial "hard holding" technique is discussed. Bibliography lists more than a dozen sources. Chautism.wps

Autism / Changing Child's Behavior : A 5 page analysis of three journal articles, each focusing on a different process for changing the behavior of children with autism. Two articles are "review of the literature" types, one dealing with Cognitive Behavior Modification, the other dealing with Visuo-Spatial Cues; the third article is a case study teaching preschoolers self-monitoring techniques. All three present valuable information in this field. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Autism.doc

Autism & The Benefits Of Music Therapy : A 6 page paper that considers the symptoms of autism, the complexity of reaching children with this disorder, and then supports the use of the music therapy as an effective treatment for some of the symptoms. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Musicaut.wps

Inclusion of Autistic Children in Regular Classrooms : A 5 page research paper which argues for the inclusion of high achieving autistic children in mainstream classrooms. The writer demonstrates that the range of abilities for children with this disorder can vary widely with some even have superior cognitive skills in areas not associated with the basic impairment. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Incaut.wps

Students With Autism : This 14 page research paper investigates the developmental disorder, autism. Autism is a disorder that appears in infancy and continues throughout the victim's life. Topics include: the characteristics of the autistic child and student; etiology; diagnostic process; and treatment programs. Research studies are reported as is the federal law that mandates the right to an education. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Autstud.wps

The Autistic Savant : A 4 page paper discussing savant syndrome, that form of autistic mental retardation that remains a most intriguing field of study. The savant syndrome skews most theories of intelligence as they have been defined in that it refuses to neatly fit into any category short of the broadest one of mental retardation. These people have amazing talents in specific abilities that far exceed those that "normal" people are able to achieve, such as instantaneously and mentally calculating 20-digit numbers or delivering the day of the week of any given date from any year. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Autsav.wps

Interventions For Autism : A 15 page paper that provides an overview of possible interventions for autism, with a focus on how interventions facilitate communication and language skills. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Autism2.doc

Making Inclusion a Reality for Children With Autism : This 12 page paper discusses the issues of autism and inclusion (particularly at the preschool level). The writer explains mainstreaming autistic children, and the problems and illusions with the theories of mainstreaming. *Includes outline too! Bibliography lists 3 sources. Autismch.wps

Determining Dyslexia’s True Cause : A 20 page paper discussing dyslexia in terms of its status as a learning disability and of current research, and from the perspective of guidance counseling. The broad term of "learning disability" generally is reserved for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Dyslexia. More severe restraints on learning also affect general intelligence, which neither ADD nor dyslexia does. In all respects aside from those of the specific afflictions, sufferers of these learning disabilities not only possess average intelligence, there also is a significant percentage of them whose intelligence level is considered to be far above normal. The official word on causes of these learning disabilities is that the cause is unknown, but several researchers believe there have been some important questions answered in the last several years of research, including a link to abnormalities in the brain’s processing of certain sounds. The paper proposes a questionnaire-based study centered on school guidance counselors. Bibliography lists 29 sources. Dyslexic.wps

Letter Reversal & Dyslexia : A 20 page proposal designed to demonstrate the impacts of academic and behavioral interventions on the process of letter reversal in dyslexic children. Bibliography lists 39 sources. Dyslexia.wps

Caroline Janover’s "Josh : A Boy With Dyslexia" : 2 pages in length. The writer offers a brief account of Caroline Janover's book about a young boy with a learning disorder. No additional sources cited. Joshdys.wps

Binge Eating & A.D.D. : An 8 page literature view mildly comparing Binge eating to A.D.D. Writing is fairly technical. Bibliography lists approximately 20 sources. Bingeadd.wps

Levels of Analysis : A 5 page paper discussing micro, macro, and molecular analysis levels and how they apply to the analysis involved in examining a specific behavior. The behavior illustrated is that of anorexia. Micro-analysis is defined as involving a very small or minute group, macro-analysis involving a larger group which may well entail a demographic study, and molecular analysis is given two possibilities in definition, one being simple physiological, or the more complicated organizational, issues. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Levana.wps

Neurotransmitters’ Actions : A 6 page paper discussing the role of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine in diseases and disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Even when absolute cause cannot be determined, it is possible to treat the symptoms of these diseases with compounds that are narrowly targeted to affect the receptors specific for each of the known neurotransmitters. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Neuroact.wps

Catatonic Schizophrenia : An 8 page research paper on catatonic schizophrenia . The writer details its causes, diagnosis, and treatment. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Catatoni.wps

Diagnosing & Classifying Schizophrenia : A 5 page research paper on schizophrenia in which the writer discusses diagnostic criteria using the DSM scale, the problem of varying symptoms, classifications & stages of schizophrenia, etc; Discussion of current research and trends is included as well. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Schizo.wps

Schizophrenia / Diagnosis Based On Race ? : The effect of race on the diagnosis of this disorder is discussed in this 10 page paper. It is asserted that while there exists no biological basis for such, African-Americans are more frequently [mis]-diagnosed as being schizophrenic. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Schizophr.wps

Schizophrenia In Urban Black & Hispanic Populations : An 8 page paper that provides an overview of the basic issues relative to higher rates of schizophrenic diagnosis among urban Black and Hispanic populations. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Schizbh.wps

Schizophrenia and Neuroleptics / Atypical vs Typical : A 10 page paper that provides an overview of the treatment processes for schizophrenia and consider the differences and impacts of different types of neurolepects currently being utilized for treatment. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Schizo.wps

Schizophrenia : A 5 page research paper on the nature and treatment of schizophrenia. The writer details the symptoms, methods of diagnosis, and controversies over its causes. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Schizo.doc

Schizophrenia # 2 : A 6 page paper that provides an overview of schizophrenia. The writer provides a working definition, demonstrates the different types, causes and implications. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Schi.wps

Childhood Schizophrenia : A 10 page paper that provides an overview of the issues relating to childhood schizophrenia and suggests the importance of effective treatment options. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Schizoch.wps

Rickie : 2 pages in length. The writer offers a brief account of Frederic Flach's book about his daughter's fight with schizophrenia. No other sources used. Rickie.wps

Einstein / Learning Disabled Or Schizophrenic ? : This 7 page paper analyzes Einstein’s youthful development in terms of Piaget’s theories of developmental stages, Lenzenweger’s theories of schizophrenia, and modern theories on learning disabilities. The paper concludes that psychologists may have some justification for believing Einstein to have had schizophrenic tendencies, and that it is these, not a learning disability, that caused his famous problems in school. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Einpia.wps

The Insanity Defense : An 8 page paper that provides an overview of the insanity defense from a psychological perspective. The writer suggests that while there are considerable arguments against the veracity of the insanity defense, it remains a necessary part of the legal system in supporting the needs of the mentally ill. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Insanity.wps

Recovered Memories -- Induced By Therapists ? : An 8 page paper providing a general overview of the debate about recovered memories. The writer supports the theory that recovered memories are more often a therapist-produced phenonmenon than they are an actual occurence. Bilbiography lists 10 sources. Recovmem.wps

"The Hoax, The Hustler, The Psychopath" : This 5 page essay provides a brief look at the psychological makeup of those that live to control others. Specifically, the writer explores the psychological makeup of psychopaths. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hustler.wps

Cognitively Disabled / Career Education : Approximately 4 pages discussing 'Career Education For the Cognitively Disabled (Slow Learning) Adolescents.' Good for those studying education, child psychology, abnormal psychology etc; Bibliography lists 12 comprehensive sources. Careerdi.wps

Psychological Theories & Therapeutic Interventions in the Narcissistic Disorders : A 30 page paper that provides a substantive overview of the major psychological theories surrounding narcissism and reflects on the focus of therapeutic interventions, the impact of the family, and other elements that lead to the development of a narcissistic personality. Bibliography lists 23 sources. Narciss.wps

Postpartum Depression / Definition & Discussion : An 8 page research paper on postpartum depression. The writer discusses its definition, types (postpartum psychosis, postpartum neurotic depression, etc;), symptoms, and more. Covered in this paper is also a brief history of some of the experimental treatments that have developed over the years, and even theories which maintain that there may be a biologically plausible explanation for postpartum psychiatric illness. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Postpart.wps

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Treatment of Retarded and Other Mentally Ill Individuals During Colonial Times : A 6 page look at how mental illness was perceived and treated during colonial times. During this period, the mentally ill were regarded as individual -- and not social problems. Western culture often assumed that retarded citizens were bewitched or bedeviled in some way. The concept of colonial institutionalization is looked at as are laws pertaining to what level of mental fitness was sufficient to allow someone to remain among the rest of society. For the most part, the colonial era is criticized for its unfair handling of the mentally ill. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Mentill2.wps

Caring for the Mentally Ill / Changing Views Since the 19th Century : Beginning with the 19th century asylum, its justification & treatment of the mentally ill, this 5 page paper offers a comprehensive examination of how views concerning the mentally ill have changed over the years. The writer presents an historic look at how various societies ranging from the post-Civil war era to the days of World War II -- began to treat their mental patients differently as we learned more about the true nature of mental illness. The growing role of government in caring for these patients is discussed as well. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Mentill3.wps

Diagnosing and Labeling the Mentally Ill / 18th & 19th Century Views : An in-depth 12 page research paper on how poorly the mentally-ill were treated during the 18th and w19th centuries when terms such as "loony" and "insane" were common. Some of the ridiculous ideas from those years pertaining to how mental illness was caused are explored as well (i.e., partying, masturbation, criminal activity, etc;). Key historic figures involved in mental health labeling are identified and the writer presents some of the more common atrocities known to be found in the asylums of yesteryear. Excellent analysis is provided. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Mentillh.wps

Psychological vs Mental / Defining Mental Illness : An 11 paper discussing mental illness and whether the conditions are primarily caused by mental/psychological problems, or by more medically reasoned existences. A section describing the detailed explanations of many mental disorders is included, followed by a section discussing psychiatric/psychological treatment of patients in comparison with medical treatment, which is becoming more prevalent today. While the medical doctor can provide an invaluable support to the patient, it is still essential that these psychologically based problems be ultimately handled by the mental health professional. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Psycment.wps

Mental Retardation : A 10 page research paper on mental retardation. The writer details retardation's definition, causes, etc; Also discussed are some of the negative ways in which the mentally retarded and have been treated, poorly cared for, and misunderstood throughout history. Recent discoveries in motivating & teaching retarded children are discussed as are some possible implications of experimental research being conducted. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Retarded.wps

Mental Retardation / "Cloak of Competence" by Robert Edgerton : A 7 page paper the provides an overview of a study conducted by the researchers through the Pacific Hospital on the outcomes of released mentally retarded patients. Edgerton utilized case studies and interviews to present a comprehensive look at the impact of release on the patients, and their ability to adapt to life on the outside. Cloak.wps

The Mentally Retarded Person In The Community : This 9 page research paper investigates the issues involved in mentally retarded persons making a successful transition into community. Specific approaches and programs to help them make this transition are discussed as are the reasons for the movement to this way of living as opposed to institutions. Bibliography lists 12 sources. MRcomm.wps

Sybil / Her Diagnosis and Treatment : A 5 page essay exploring the diagnosis and treatment of Sybil, a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder with sixteen known identities. Through years of psychoanalysis, therapy and hypnosis, Sybil's identities were eventually integrated into one. This is the account of her horrendous experiences that led to dissociative disorder and her careful treatment by a caring psychoanalyst. Bibliography includes two references. Sybil.wps relevant : dissociative identity disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / Scrupulosity : This 9 page research paper discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder giving a brief overview of the disorder, its symptoms and treatments. Special focus is placed on the subset OCD of scrupulosity which affects approximately 3 - 4 percent of all persons with OCD. Due to its religious nature, this particular disorder can be more difficult to diagnose and to treat. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Obscomp.wps

Obsessive-Compulsive & Its Relationship To Anxiety Disorders : A 10 page paper discussing obsessive-compulsive disorder and its relationship to various anxiety disorders. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Ocdanx.wps

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : A 10 page paper reviewing journal articles discussing the disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been thought to be rare until only recently, but it is estimated to hold at least 2 million hostages. Characterized by obsessive thoughts that drive the compulsion to act in a self-prescribed manner, the manifestations of the disorder are collectively seen as bizarre behavior. Drug therapy has been found to aid in overall therapy efforts and is most effective when combined with behavior therapy. OCD involves the basal ganglia that are also connected with other movement disorders, and it has been found to be genetically linked to Tourette’s syndrome. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Obscomp.wps

DSM-IV Disorder - Sexual Dysfunctions In Men and Women : A 5 page research paper investigating specific aspects of this sexual dysfunction. Topics include: symptoms and definition according the DSM-IV, characteristics the clinicians must be concerned with before making the diagnosis, possible reasons for the condition and treatment alternatives. Orgdis.wps

Aberrant Sexual Behaviors / Sexual Crimes : This 5 page paper defines and describes eight of the many aberrant and/or sexual crimes committed daily, including: incest, pederasty, pedophilia, statutory rape, child abuse and rape. Statistics regarding child sexual abuse and rape are also included as are discussions of these two specific crimes. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Abersex.wps

Pedophilia : A 10 page overview of the sexual orientation of pedophilia and the successes and failures of the various treatments. Emphasizes that although treatments are numeous and diverse, most all are ineffective. Examines pedophiles in the correctional system environment. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Pedophil.wps

Sexual Aversion Disorder & Treatment Options : A 12 page paper that considers the problem of sexual aversion disorder, reflects on studies in the current literature, and presents possible treatment and intervention techniques that have had demonstrated results. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Sexdis.wps

The Relationship Between Animal Abuse, Human Abuse and Antisocial Behavior : A 6 page paper that considers the issue of animal abuse and relates it to childhood history of abuse and neglect and to problematic behaviors in adulthood. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Relabuse.wps

Predicting Antisocial Behavior : This 5 page paper provides a critique of a research study that focused on predicting antisocial behavior. The longitudinal study included more than 1,000 boys ages six and seven at the beginning of the study. Various measures were used to determine the type and degree of antisocial behaviors. Five years later, the initial measures were compared with actual behaviors to determine the most efficient predictor. Bibliography lists 1 source. Antibeh2.wps

Abnormal Psychology & Religion / Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : A 10 page research essay that discusses the relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive religious practices. Specifically, the writer promotes the evidence regarding the neurotic obsessiveness of those who join cults and supports the premise with studies. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Abpsyrel.wps

Gulf War Syndrome – What Is the U.S. Going To Do About It? : A 6 page paper examining the Persian Gulf Syndrome and how it has affected thousands of American families. An overview of the Gulf war is presented and details of the syndrome itself – symptoms, epidemiology, treatment – are discussed as is the issues surrounding a possible return to the Gulf by U.S. troops. Bibliography lists five sources. Gulfsynd.wps

Stress & Sufferers Of Gulf War Syndrome : A 9 page paper discussing the role of stress in the cause and treatment of veterans suffering with Gulf War Syndrome. Stress is as much of a disease for humans as any other pathogen. Bibliography lists seven sources. Saddhuss.wps

Telethons As A Societal Dilemma / Labeling The Handicapped : 6 pages in length. Although telethons have long been commended for their ability to raise money to help disabled persons, the writer of this paper argues that there also exists a number of reasons to criticize them as actually doing more harm than good. Labels such as "victim,"" cripple," and "wheelchair-bound" are demeaning. They invoke undue pity from telethon viewers and resentment from the disabled. Moreover, corruption and scandal are linked to these media masquerades and ultimately, a grave societal dilemma is presented by them. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Telethon.wps

Gender Identity Disorder : 5 pages in length. Paper analyzes theories concerning the disorder, its development, occurrence, patterns, and relevance to homosexuality / sexual dysfunction. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Genderid.wps

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Anorexia Nervosa : A 5 page paper on anorexia discussing occurrence, frequency, onset, the relationship between MHPG and depression in patients with anorexia, psychosocial development, and more. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Anorexia.wps

Factors Contributing To The Incidence Of Anorexia Nervosa : A 12 page paper discussing cognitive and cultural factors which affect development of anorexia nervosa . Bibliography lists 17 sources. Anxi.wps

Bulimia -- A Closer Look : A 7 page paper on the most common eating disorder. The paper defines bulimia in the context of other eating disorders, discusses who is affected, how bulimia affects its sufferers’ health and lifestyle, and looks at possible psychological and physiological reasons for it. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Bulimia.wps

Women and Eating Disorders : 11 pages in length. Discusses frequency of eating disorders in women. The writer examines causes, prevention, treatment, and compares Anorexia Nervosa with Bulimia. Statistics and case examples are provided throughout. Bibliography lists 17+ sources. Eatngdis.wps

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