Biological Criminal Behavior Paper

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Biological Criminal Behavior Team A University of Phoenix Criminology CJA/314 Krista Hall September 24, 2014 Biological Criminal Behavior Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized as a condition of affective and behavioral symptoms. The symptoms of psychopathy consist of lack of empathy, guilt and remorse; irresponsibility; and poor planning and decision-making (SCHOLARPEDIA: the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia by Kent Kiehl and Julia Lushing [], 2014, para. 1). According to the International Journal of Women’s Health, psychopathy was once viewed as a problem in men. Research has assumed that the core aspects and behavioral expressions of the disorder are transferable to women. Proportionately minimal studies…show more content…
After Andrea Yates gave birth to her fourth child, she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sedatives. Due to insurance issues Andrea Yates was discharged from the hospital and prescribed some anti-depressants in which she did not take. Andrea attempted suicide for a second time in which she held a knife against her throat. Andrea reported that she heard voices telling her to get a knife. She then began to cut causing harm to herself by cutting herself. In February of 2001, Andrea Yates father died and at that point Yates stopped talking, drinking liquids, nursing the baby, and began pulling out her hair. Andrea Yates was admitted into a hospital for the third time. Andrea Yates was started back on the antipsychotic drug therapy. More than one of the doctors that Andrea Yates has seen, sees a sick person which they view her. Yates had been diagnosed with several disorders and among them was postnatal psychosis. Postnatal disorders can be as short lasting as “baby blues”, to postnatal depression, to psychosis. The three categories branches from postpartum psychiatric illness. About 85% of women suffer with some sort of mood disturbance after giving birth to a child. About 50 to 85% of women experience the blues. It generally starts 3 to 4 days after giving birth and lasts about two weeks occurring from the blues reports feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, mood liability, and tearfulness. Typically no specific treatment is needed for the blue, however there are special situations that involve women who have a history of depression. If the symptoms last longer than two weeks, the women maybe dealing with a more serious mood disorder and should be evaluated. Postpartum depression spans over a two to three month period. Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression in which Andrea displayed at one point or another was depressed or sad mood, sleep disturbance, change
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