Psy 240 Week 9 Final - Analyzing Biopsychological Disorder

1. Introduction

Good Afternoon, my name is Karla Watson and I would like to thank you for this opportunity you have given me to work for your company. I have heard many good things about this facility and it would be an honor to work here. I have come today with my resume and my degree from the UOP. I have a lot of success with drug abuse and anxiety. Having gone through all these things myself I feel that I can better help those who are seeking treatment and truly want to change. I have included in my folder a copy of the assignments that you gave to me to complete. I did much reading and research and the two topics I have chosen are drug abuse and anxiety. I hope you enjoy my work and thank you greatly for all of your time.

2. Part A:   My understanding of the causes and treatments of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder that interferes with the normal brain functions.   This disorder usually affects people in their late adolescence or early adulthood, even though this disorder could hit someone at anytime. Schizophrenia can trigger many different symptoms in a person. Some of these symptoms would include paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and the lack of motivation.  

A. Areas of the brain affected by schizophrenia

The first area of the brain that is affected by Schizophrenia would have to be the temporal lobe. From what I got from our textbook (Pinel, 2009) a person who has this disorder has smaller temporal lobe structures. Studies that have been done on temporal lobes have found out that a person’s hippocampus and amygdala are reduced in size. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that controls our short and long term memory, and the amygdale is responsible for arousal and emotions in a person. Another part of the brain that is also affected is the prefrontal cortex, this is where the dopamine is created in ones brain and this part also controls the levels of dopamine in a person.   An imbalance of these levels will...