Case Study Sleep Walking

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Case Study Week 3 Kristin Parramore-Eaker PSY/410 Abnormal Psychology March 11, 2013 Dr. Kathryn Westbeld Ph.D. Case study week 3 Outline: Sleep Walking Objective: The purpose of this case study is to research and understand the psychological state involved with sleepwalking or somnambulism disorders. The information provided by the patient and his wife examine the functions of the brain while the individual appears to be in non-REM sleep and functioning, while other areas of the brain are in a normal sleep state. The case addresses the episodes following times of severe anxiety to test stress (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). Method: A review of information and history related to sleep disorders and sleepwalking suggests a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking disorder (307.46) in the DSM is the impairing repeated sleepwalking episodes with unresponsivity during the episode; the individual has rapid or quick reorientation, and amnesia for the episodes. This case meets the criteria for this diagnosis (DSM IV TR, 2000). Results: The findings support sleepwalking with stress relating to test anxiety disorder as an explanation of the recurring episodes (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). Conclusions: The research supports the pathology of the disorder and explores treatment plans for the individual to lessen test anxiety stress, therefore decreasing episodes of sleepwalking. Treatment options previously were ineffective and are refined with multiple therapies (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009).

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