Clinical Psychology Severe Depression

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Applied Psychology – From Theory to Practice
The final assignment for this course is a Final Paper. The purpose of the Final Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by applying concepts to a specific case study.

Focus of the Final Paper

The Final Paper should demonstrate understanding of concepts addressed across the course as applied to a selected case study. This type of project will be important as you continue with and complete your program because the skill sets of applying your knowledge will be of great use to you when you are ready to go out into the job market and/or apply them to your daily life.

To begin, review the case study you selected in Week Two of the course. Remember, you must use this case study. Pay special attention to the topic you selected and the area from which you will draw your research on the topic as noted in the title of the case study. For example, if you selected Case Study #1, you would explore the topic of severe depression from the clinical psychology perspective. If you selected Case Study #5, you would explore motivation from the industrial organizational psychology perspective.

Next, research the chosen topic using scholarly resources and craft a thesis statement regarding your selected topic. For assistance with creating a thesis statement, utilize the Thesis Generator tool on the Ashford University Writing Center website. Your paper must contain at least six references from scholarly sources that are cited according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Examples of scholarly sources include peer reviewed journal articles, research studies, professional websites with authored material, and government websites. Popular Internet sites (Wikipedia, Newsweek, New York Times, etc.) are not considered scholarly sources. For further assistance in determining whether or not a site is scholarly, please access the Evaluating Web Resources tutorial on the Ashford University Library website.

In a well-developed eight- to ten-page paper address the following criteria for the case study you selected in Week Two and outlined in Week Three. See the attached ABS200 Case Study List to review the case studies.

Define applied behavioral science and the area of psychology from which the case study is explored.
Identify and describe the potential source(s) and/or cause(s) of the issue that is/are relevant to the selected case study (e.g., genetic, environmental, social, cultural, organizational).
Examine the case study by applying one psychological theory of your choice.
Describe scientific research that is relevant to your selected case study. Include past and current findings and note any key changes.
Identify and describe any relevant trends in working with your intended population.
Detail a suggested plan of action for moving forward including advantages and disadvantages.
Specify what you would do to build rapport with the clients in the selected case study.
State ethical considerations that are relevant to this case.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. View the Critical Thinking Community website for further assistance.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis and summarizes supporting evidence.
Must use at least six scholarly sources, three of which must be from the Ashford University Library.
Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
My example I did for my annotated bibliography some of these references need to be used but can also use new ones.

My case study that I picked is Clinical Psychology Case Study #1 Clinical Psychology: Severe Depression Joe is suffering from severe depression. His father, grandmother, and two uncles suffered with the same abnormal condition. One of Joe’s uncles committed suicide as a result. Joe’s depression started after he was laid off from work, and became disabling when his wife divorced him taking their kids and their home.
The case study has to be affiliated with the case study I picked.
Clinical Psychology

I. Applied behavioral science is the branch such as sociology and psychology that will handle primarily with human action and helps to understand the behavior of humans in society. In this field of science, it offers social and human services to someone that is in need of direct service to help themselves and even others. In the field you have the opportunity to help people with certain mental illnesses and teach them how to cope.
II. There are ways and you can help certain individuals and was of helping them cope with certain things such as depression, bi-polar, ADHD, ext. In applied behavioral science we have to learn how to study the human behavior. There are so many ways of doing this, you can work as a social worker where you are working hand in hand with children who need your services due to abuse or neglect and even provide the same services in a school atmosphere. Also even working in nursing home with adult protective services to make sure the patients are not being abused or neglected as well.
III. I feel that applied behavioral science would be applied in my case study, case study number 1 involving severe depression, because depression as a whole is a psychological disorder affecting the mind. Clinical psychology is concerned with assessing and helping treat patients with such issues as severe depression such as what Joe is suffering from in my study.
IV. For my paper I plan on further researching into the area of depression such as what Joe is coping with on a day to day basis, what has lead him to it and if it is in fact something he has inherited.
Annotated Bibliography

Breuer, N. L. (1995). Revealing the dark secret of clinical depression. Personnel Journal, 74(4), 120.
This article discusses what clinical depression is and the importance of interventions to help treat depression. It briefly discusses some of the signs of a person that is suffering from clinical depression. The article also mentions the likelihood of recurrence. This article will help establish an understanding of what clinical depression is in order to apply it to the chosen case study.
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps depression. (2013). Harvard Health Letter, 38(8), 3.
This article was published by Harvard Health and discusses how cognitive behavioral therapy can help with depression. Although it is a brief article, it begins the discussion of the importance of alternative treatments (or possibly additional treatments) for depression. This article will help establish the options a patient with depression has and help to decide what may be the best form of treatment for him or her.
Hollon, S. D., Thase, M. E., & Markowitz, J. C. (2004). Treating Depression: Pills or Talk. Scientific American Mind, 14(5), 34.
This article helps individuals understand that there are other options besides medication that can help with depression. It goes into deeper discussion about different types of depression, different treatments available, and specifically discusses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This article will support the discussion of CBT as a legitimate therapy in treating depression.
Laliberte, R. (1992). Inherent risks. Men’s Health, 7(6), 58.
This article discusses the possibility of depression as a hereditary illness. A person can be genetically tested to see if they carry the DNA associated with depression. In the case study, this may help the patient understand his depression a little better, as he has witnessed it within his family members before experiencing it himself.
Langreth, R. (2007). PATIENT, FIX THYSELF. Saturday Evening Post, 279(4), 32.
This article discusses the benefits of CBT and how depression is caused by negativity and pessimism. This helps the reader to understand the many different causes and factors of depression in individuals. When applied to the case study, it supports the CBT treatment as a viable option for the patient.
McGinn, L. K. (2000). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Depression: Theory, Treatment, and Empirical Status. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 54(2), 257.
This article discusses cognitive theory in relation to depression. It shares results of studies about depression as well as CBT as a treatment of depression. This article will help support the validity of CBT as a treatment for depression, when applied to the case study.

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