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XX is 30 years old. He has been feeling unusually sad and miserable for the last three weeks

XX is 30 years old. He has been feeling unusually sad and miserable for the last three weeks. Friends noticed he is no longer his usual cheerful self

Personality and Mental Illness Stigma


The purpose of this assignment is to explore the role between personality and mental illness stigma.


Many individuals experience significant stigma due to mental illness and seeking mental health services.

  1. Describe the types of stigma towards mental illness outlined by Yuan et al. (2018) and provide brief examples to illustrate each type.
  2. Choose one vignette (see below) that describes a person that you would be very reluctant to see as a client in counselling. Choose one core competency from the CRSJ counselling model (Collins, 2018) that would assist you in addressing your prejudices. Discuss how you would build this competency. Support your statements using the academic literature.

For this activity, please go to the MACP Skills Learning Lab listed on your course dashboard and review all videos in the Case Conceptualization Module.

  1. Include references from 5 peer-reviewed, academic sources.
    1. You may use the course textbook as one of these sources.
    2. Sources must be recent (i.e., published within the past 5 to 10 years).
  2. The paper should be 1000 words (+/-50 words) excluding title and reference pages.
  3. Include an introduction (one paragraph). No abstract.
  4. The paper should be written in APA format. For guidance, check out the Library (click Learning Support and then the tab called APA Writing Guides).

Yuan, Q., Seow, E., Abdin, E., Chua, B. Y., Ong, H. L., Samari, E., Chong, S. A., & Subramaniam, M. (2018). Direct and moderating effects of personality on stigma towards mental illness. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1), 358.


  1. Depression- XX is 30 years old. He has been feeling unusually sad and miserable for the last three weeks. Friends noticed he is no longer his usual cheerful self and he has declined all social gatherings over the past two weeks. Even though he is tired all the time, he has trouble sleeping almost every night. XX doesn’t feel like eating and has lost weight. He can’t focus on his work and puts off making decisions. XX feels worthless and even everyday tasks seem too much for him. This has come to the attention of his boss, who is concerned about XX’s poor work performance.
  2. Schizophrenia- XX (insert name) is 44 years old. He is staying in a 1-room HDB rental flat. He has not worked for years. He wears the same clothes every day and has left his hair to grow long and untidy. He is always on his own and is often seen sitting in the park talking to himself. Sometimes he stands and moves his hands as if to communicate to someone in nearby trees. He rarely drinks alcohol. At times he accuses shopkeepers of giving information about him to other people. He has put extra locks on his door. He says spies are watching him all the time. His neighbours complain that he does not clean his room which is becoming increasingly dirty and is filled with glass objects. XX says he is using these “to receive messages from space”.
  3. OCD- XX (insert name) is 37 years old and each day he spends 4 hours washing his hands. He usually takes one shower a day but he spends 60–90 min in the shower. When XX washes his hair he keeps the shampoo in his hair until he has counted to 100 to ensure that his head and hair are clean enough and free of contaminants, such as germs. XX also repeatedly cleans things he touches, including dishes, clothes, furniture, and doorknobs. XX feels extremely anxious if he does not wash his hands or cleans things he touches and finds it difficult to stop himself from doing these things.
  4. Alcohol abuse- XX (insert name) started drinking when he was a student. He was very popular at parties. By the time he had graduated and got married he was drinking heavily every weekend. This sometimes resulted in him getting into fights when he was out drinking. Although his wife insisted that he drank too much, XX argued that he was in control. But his work and appearance deteriorated so much that his supervisor began to suspect that he might be drinking on the job. A few months later he was involved in a serious car accident, where he crashed into two cars, seriously damaging them and his own car. The police who arrived at the scene of the accident did a breathalyzer test. The test turned out to be positive and so they took his blood for alcohol analysis. As his alcohol level was much higher than the legal limit he was charged with drunk driving.
  5. Dementia- XX is 75 years old and retired. His wife has noticed that he has problems remembering things that happened recently but recalls things from earlier in their marriage quite well. He repeats questions which she has already answered, misplaces his things and occasionally gets confused during their conversations. Sometimes XX and his wife quarrel as he accuses her of taking his things. He lost his way once or twice whilst driving to their son’s home and has written some cheques for the wrong amount when paying bills. When his wife points out these problems to XX, he loses his temper. He does not think he has a problem.

Information Regarding Citations

Any sources used to support your Written Narrative should, of course, be cited using correct APA format.  And although it can be a useful starting place to gather very general information, in order to later verify it with more substantial sources, no Wikipedia references will be accepted as scholarly citations. Here’s just one reason why:

*The “Submit” button will appear 72 hours before the due date for this assignment. This means that you must upload the final draft of your assignment during this 72-hour period from when the button appears and the due date passes.

Please do not email your submissions to your professor, either before or after the due date; all coursework should be submitted through the online course (Moodle).



The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment and how the professor will weigh these components.

Criteria % of Assignment Grade
1. Stigma of Mental Illness /25
2. Counsellor /25
3. Depth and critical analysis of academic research literature /30
4. Format, writing, and APA 7 style /20
Total /100

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