Compare and contrast two disorders that you’ve read about in Chapter 13 (pairs to choose from are listed below). “Comparing and contrasting” means that you have to find at least one thing in common and at least one thing that is different. (Pretend that you are talking to someone who has not read this chapter and may be confusing two different disorders.) Finally, write about two people who have the two disorders that you’ve selected. (They could be someone you know, celebrities, or fictional characters from a book, a TV show, or a movie. If you describe someone you know, use fake name(s) to protect their privacy.) Briefly discuss how the person’s symptoms correspond to those discussed in the textbook.
These are the pairs that you can select from. Be sure to specify which pair you are describing.
* Schizophrenia vs. Dissociative Identity Disorder (laypeople often confuse the two, since “schizophrenia” literally means “split mind”)
* Major depressive disorder vs. Bipolar (I or II) disorder
* Specific phobia vs. Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (did you know that OCD was classified as an anxietydisorder in earlier editions of the DSM?)
* Panic disorder vs. Generalized anxiety disorder