Case Study: Brian
Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that has affected many people all over the world. It is a term that many people have heard but few understand the true meaning. When described, those with schizophrenia involve abnormal changes in their behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and views on the world. Those with schizophrenia are considered to have their behavior disturbed in particular way along with having difficulty with reality. With a remarkable amount of evaluation on the client, Brian, he has shown a pattern that leads to the diagnosis of Schizophrenia.
There are a number of factors that play an important role when considering one with abnormal behavior (Beidel et al, 2010). By acknowledging particular factors such as gender, age, ethnicity, family & health history, work & health status, social relationships, drug & alcohol history, and various behavioral habits, it is easier to fully understand Brian’s behavioral influences. Hyman (2006) explains that schizophrenia affects both men and women equally though men tend to experience symptoms at a younger age than women do. Schizophrenic symptoms often develop in late adolescence to early twenties for males and given that Brian is a 25 years old male, he falls into the appropriate age of onset for schizophrenia. It is important acknowledge that at 19 years old, Brian has experienced his father’s death which is within the age of male schizophrenic development. Many researchers (Beidel et al, 2010; Hirsch, 2003; Hyman, 2006), have stated that this disorder occurs at similar rates and is consistent within all ethnic groups around the world. By having this data, it is substantially acceptable to analyze Brian’s symptoms with the absence of his race.
One of most important factors of Brian’s conditions is his family’s mental health history. He mentions that his maternal aunt has been put in a mental institution several times along with his parents being “kinda weird” just like...