Assesment Essay

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1.) Patricia Deegan viewed herself as a unique individual. She was the eldest child in a large working- class Irish Catholic family who appreciated her culture, values, beliefs and spirituality. Confident with a strong sense of self as a whole and her social role as a student and worker; Pat had an ambiguous future ahead of her with aspirations of becoming a coach for women’s athletics teams. When she was a senior in high school at the age of 17 she began to experience severe emotional distress, impairing her coordination, her visual and auditory perception and her receptive language. Once a gifted athlete Pat found she was unable to do the fundamentals of her favorite sports; like passing or catching a ball. Everyday objects began to take an ominous form, “a table became a series of right angles pointing at her in a threatening way;” and “everything was thrown into a sharp, angular and frightening geometry.” Gradually, language became very difficult for her to understand, instead she focused on the mechanical ways mouths moved and she believed “screw drivers had taken place of proper teeth.” She did not believe people were who they said they were, and was stricken with extraordinary fear that “she was being killed and needed to defend herself.” Once the adults around her decided she had “gone crazy” Pat was taken to a mental hospital where she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Before her diagnosis Pat, as well as her family and friends saw her as a “whole person,” with a “meaningful future” opposed to a person who is now “fundamentally ill and broken” and viewed “through the lens of psychopathology.” Pat grew frustrated with the clinicians “pathologized interpretations” of her; she was no longer quiet, shy and introverted, now she was guarded, suspicious and had autistic features. She could never protest in her own defense, which would only “further prove

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