Case Study #3:
Axis 1: Schizophrenia, Paranoid Subtype
Justification: It is evident that Jamie is suffering from Paranoid Schizophriena. To meet
the criteria, continuous signs of disturbance should persist for at least 6 months. In
Jamie’s case, his behavior shift was noted by his parents 8 months ago.
In addition, two or more symptoms must be present, with each present for a significant
portion of time during a 1 month period. The symptoms present in Jamie include
delusions, where Jamie believes his professor is controlling his thoughts.At one point,
Jamie is convinced that his professor broke into his apartment at night, removed his brain,
and put a new brain inside that had all these different thoughts and ideas.Another
symptom experienced is hallucinations. Jamie complained about seeing all the colours of
the spectrum in everything that was white.
He also experiences social and occupational dysfunction as it is reported that Jamie had
dropped out of school a couple days ago and that he wasn’t getting along with anyone in
his dorm room.
The paranoid subtype of schizophrenia was chosen because he has a preoccupation with
delusions of his professor trying to control and take over this thoughts, and the following
symptoms are not presented: disorganized speec