For this assignment, you will analyze a case and discuss the characteristics of the disorder. The facilitator will assign you one of the two cases to analyze.
Alice is a 52-year-old Caucasian who was brought to the emergency room by the police in a disheveled and
disoriented state. Her clothing was dirty, and she smelled of alcohol. Currently, she is homeless and stays
on the streets or in a shelter. When interviewed, Alice appeared guarded. She answered questions only
minimally and her answers made little sense. She is concerned that the police “stole her baby.” The police
officer who brought her in later provided a child’s baby doll that Alice says is her child. Alice takes the doll
with her at all times and cares for it as if it were a real child. There is no evidence that Alice has ever been
Alice has a long history of psychiatric hospitalizations and has been on psychotropic medications. When on
medications, her thought and speech eventually become clearer. She does not like the medications-she
says that they make her tired and gain weight. Alice has some sores on her feet that she has not taken care
of, and they appear infected.
Analyze your assigned casein a 300-word analysis and post it to the appropriate Discussion Area by Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Review and discuss the other case (assigned to the other students) and read those students’ analysis. Compare the characteristics in the two cases and the analyses.