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This excerpt will be used in the activities:

  • Mike is a 20 year-old who reports to you that he feels depressed and is experiencing a significant amount of stress about school, noting that he’ll “probably flunk out.” He spends much of his day in his dorm room playing video games and has a hard time identifying what, if anything, is enjoyable in a typical day. He rarely attends class and has avoided reaching out to his professors to try to salvage his grades this semester. Mike has always been a self-described shy person and has had a very small and cohesive group of friends from elementary through high school. Notably, his level of stress significantly amplified when he began college. When meeting new people, he has a hard time concentrating on the interaction because he is busy worrying about what they will think of him – he assumes they will find him “dumb,” “boring,” or a “loser.” When he loses his concentration, he stutters, is at a loss for words, and starts to sweat, which only serves to make him feel more uneasy. After the interaction, he replays the conversation over and over again, focusing on the “stupid” things he said. Similarly, he has a long-standing history of being uncomfortable with authority figures and has had a hard time raising his hand in class and approaching teachers. Since starting college, he has been isolating more, turning down invitations from his roommate to go eat or hang out, ignoring his cell phone when it rings, and habitually skipping class. His concerns about how others view him are what drive him to engage in these avoidance behaviors.

For this review activity, I’d like you to consider the excerpt above and think about what disorders you think might apply to the situation.

To complete this assignment, please do the following:

  1. Read the excerpt from above
  2. Determine which psychological disorder(s) out of the ones from lecture you think might apply. You might be able to apply more than 1! Support your claim(s) will at least one piece of evidence for each disorder you think applies (2-4 sentences)
  3. Based on the disorders you identify, which treatment options out of the ones discussed in lecture do you think a clinical psychology might attempt? (1-2 sentences)