Symptoms, Hallucinations, Delusions, And Behavior Essay

1246 Words Jul 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Symptoms An interviewer asked Kennedy some questions in Video 1. His responses and attitude towards the questions demonstrated both positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms reflect an excess of normal brain function. The positive symptoms that were prevalent in the video include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and behaviour. Kennedy got distracted from answering the questions he was asked, because he was talking to the voices in his head. This is evidence of hallucination. He also showed delusions for the reasons that his boyfriend was a magazine cut out, his doctor was Tom Cruise, his social worker, Joe Big Daddy, had a crush on him, and Bush was out to get him. Disorganized speech and behaviour were evident as well in his interview. He could not finish giving responses to the questions he was asked without getting sidetracked.
Negative symptoms reflect a diminution or loss of normal brain function. The negative symptoms that were present in the video include lack of emotional responses while answering questions, impaired ability to identify the emotional states of other people (he still diverted from the questions he was asked even when the interviewer reminded him several times not to), spoke in a monotone voice and had an inexpressive face, delayed responses, inability to carry a conversation, and poor grooming habits (he appeared unkempt).
Possible diagnoses Schizophrenia is defined as a psychological disorder that lasts at least 6 months and…

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