Mental Illness and the Case of Meryem

MentalIllness and the Case of Meryem

MentalHealth and the Case of Meryem

Circumstancessuch as losing a loved one, family challenges, and divorce are thecause of mental illnesses which leaves one sad, lonely, anxious,sleepless, and depressed this paper provides a profile guide anddiagnosis for mixed anxiety-depression disorder and treatment whileusing Meryem as the case for the study.

Profileand Diagnosis of Mixed Anxiety-Depression Disorder

Profilingand Diagnosis

Usingshort forms and or computerized adaptive testing (CAT), it ispossible to profile anxiety and depression a short form hasquestions or statements that call for participants` reactions. InCAT, the participants’ responses guide the computer’s choice ofsuccessive items from the full item bank the scores are thencompared across participants and the mental health status established(Hendriks et al., 2014). Results show that individuals with generalanxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) displaydisorder-specific cognitive profiles like hopelessness, suicidefeelings, rumination (depression symptoms), pathological worries, andphysical (anxiety symptoms).

Meryem’ssituation features self-doubt, difficulty adjusting, fear orembarrassment, uncomfortable when judged intellectually, sleepingproblems, excessive worry, self-unconsciousness, flashbacks,perfectionism, and mood swings these are clear symptoms of anxietyand mild to moderate anxiety that call for therapeutic interventions.


Theprimary interventions considered for Meryem’s situation asreflected in her inability to cope psychologically are the CognitiveBehavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Humanistic Approach (HA). CBTstresses on cognitive restructuring whereby the therapist and thepatient (Meryem) collaborate to change behavioral activation andthinking pattern its focus is on the immediate present regardingspecific problems (Leichsenring et al., 2013). Because the conceptapplies multiple strategies like guided discovery and role playingalongside encouraging patients to participate in learning actively,it is an appropriate treatment method for Meryem’s problems.

Finally,HA intervention aims to transform subject’s self-perceptions fromnegative to positive self-regard, change that would enhanceindividual growth. The approach assesses a subject’s situationqualitatively through say, participatory observations and mapdisorders such as mood swings and panic for treatment (Pascual-Leone,Paivio &amp Harrington, 2016) the method can thus potentiate CBT inidentifying Meryem’s problems for an appropriate correctiveresponse.


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