Occupational Therapy Case Studies

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From a chosen health perspective, write a comparative study of two conditions relevant to occupational therapy practice | |Schizophrenia | M.E/ CFS | | | | | |Aetiology |Cause is unclear, possible neurochemical imbalance, |Cause is unclear although several predisposing factors| |(cause) |irregular patterns of blood flow in brain or brain |have been identified e.g. age, gender, life events, | | |cells. Several…show more content…
|30’s). | | |Women: 20-30 | | | |Children, but very rarely |Children do get it | | |Equally common in men and women |Twice as common in women than men | | | | | | |Higher incidence in Afro-Caribbean community in UK. |Affects all ethnic and social groups, although | | |This may be due to misinterpretation of another |specialist clinics have a higher proportion of…show more content…
For instance, in the case of CFS/ME disbelief in its existence by the medical profession has been the big issue for sufferers ). It cannot be overstated how undermining this disbelief has been. When CFS/ME first came to public attention it was referred to by the press, as ‘yuppie flu’ Although evidence has grown over time of a physical cause for the illness “many neurologists do not believe in the pathologically based disease known as CFS” Even as recently as August 2003 the Action for ME magazine has a front cover article entitled “Dealing with disbelief”. In the article the author asserts that “being disbelieved is one of the most hurtful aspects of the illness” (p18). She goes on to quote sufferers who say that disbelief from those around them destroyed their self-esteem, belief in themselves and increased their guilt. This guilt led, at times, to bouts of overdoing it in an attempt either to fight off the illness or prove that they had it. It is significant therefore, that in the Chief Medical Officer’s Working Group Report on CFS/ME there is recognition of the ‘disbelief and prejudice against people affected by the condition’ (p7). As Action for ME comments “the report finally and totally dismisses the notion that CFS/ME is all in the mind” (p12). As can be seen, this is still not in accord with
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