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Based on your research for your selected issue from
this unit’s Reading, please discuss one type of atypical development in
childhood. What is the impact of this issue on the child’s development? Discuss
what the most effective treatment(s) for this issue might be, and address how
culture may affect the disorder and/or the treatment of the disorder. When
discussing how culture may affect the disorder, identify at least one aspect of
culture, such as race, religion, or ethnicity.


Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is defined
by extreme restriction of caloric intake some individuals will stop taking in
nutrients completely.  They are extremely focused on their appearance and
weight.  When a child or adolescent is struggling with an eating disorder,
the impact can be great in several areas of development.  Physically the
person could stunt growth and development of their body structure. The bones
will not be able to grow and develop appropriately without adequate nutrition.
The brain could become damaged due to lack of nutrition, the heart can suffer
structural damage as well as functioning damage.  Emotionally, the person
may start to struggle with depression and body image that is distorted. 
This can cause the person to not mature and complete developmental milestones
to move into another stage of emotional growth. 

Effective treatment in this disorder varies due to the
various stages a person may be in with the disease. Because this disease has
such a profound impact on the physical body, a complete medical exam and
possible hospitalization is one way to treat a patient.  However, it is
not the only form of treatment and usually several types of treatment are used
in combination. Psychotherapy is one form of treatment that is used to treat
the disease.  Group and family therapy have also been used to combat the
disease. Medications can also be used to fight the disease. 
Anti-depressants are commonly used and anti-psychotics have also been
prescribed to combat anxiety and obsessive compulsions.

Historically, anorexia has been rare outside of the
United States, but that seems to be changing. “Cultural beliefs that may have
protected ethnic groups against eating disorders may be eroding as adolescents
acculturate to mainstream American culture (Pumariega, 1986).” – (
As the world becomes more and more connected, the western culture that seems to
define beauty is infiltrating other cultures and proving to grip on different
classes, ethnicities and religious beliefs causing eating disorders where they
have been historically rare.

Bukatko, D. (2008). Child and adolescent
development. A chronological approach
. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin


Professor Eastwood and fellow classmates,

For this one of the final discussion board post I choose to work with a topic I
know all too well; Bipolar disorder.

My oldest son who is now sixteen was found to have Bipolar disorder rapid cycle
two at the age of five. Bipolar disorder is not just something that teenagers
or even adults deal with this is a mood disorder describe by the DSM as a brain
disorder that causes changes in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to
function in everyday life. This disorder includes bipolar 1, bipolar 2, and
cyclothymic disorder (Ranna Parekh, 2015).

The impact of bipolar disorder on a child’s development include severe and
recurring depression that may include sadness, loneliness, lack of interest in
everyday things. Craving of certain objects or foods. Sleep issues were child
sleeps to much or not at all. Lack of social interaction in an appropriate way
(Martha Hellander (J.D.), Sheila McDonald (J.D.), Lisa Pedersen (M.A.), and
Susan Resko (M.M.), 2014).

For children dealing with bipolar disorder the most effective treatments may
include but are not limited to finding what is called the “baseline”
assessment that is conducted by the child’s doctor or other mental health
professions. This information helps to determine the child’s physical and
mental health; with regular fallow ups with doctors. Medications and daily logs
of the symptoms helps to track the condition and what does or does not help
(Health, 2015).

The social and cultural affects the disorder or the treatment of the disorder
can not only have a lasting effect on the child but the families of the child
as well. Mental health is a issue that is not easily understood or accepted. In
several cultures such as Japan the thought of any type of mental health issue
is unacceptable and many deny having the issue at all (Rashmi Nemade, PH.D.,
Natalie Staats Reiss, PH.D., & Mark Dombeck, PH.D., 2007). Depending on the
cultural difference of focusing on oneself and that place within the social
standing may be linked to the prevalence of a disorder (Rashmi Nemade, PH.D., Natalie
Staats Reiss, PH.D., & Mark Dombeck, PH.D., 2007).

The cultural role of gender also can have an effect on the treatment and the
ability for a child or person to cope with bipolar disorder. For example a male
child may find that their outburst of rage and violence is not frowned on but a
female that exhibits the same behaviors may be found to be out of control. The
same could be said for a female that cries uncontrollably due to a bipolar
cycle is just being a female but a male is looked as being over sensitive about
the situation.

This is the world my own son lives in everyday and has to deal with the looks
and whispers of how different he is. This disorder has prevented him from doing
things that many children his own age do not think twice about. Where they get
to stay over with friends he has to go to the hospital because a medication no
longer works.

The classmates he has have started to learn to drive, he is learning how to
order medication and make appointments. This condition has taken over his life
and the lives of our whole family. He nor I know what one day will bring over
the next.

But with proper medication, help from the doctors, and others he is able to
manage his condition and work on having a “normal” life.



Health, N. I. (2015). Bipolar Disorder in Children
and Adolescents
. Retrieved from National Institutes of Health:

Martha Hellander (J.D.), Sheila McDonald (J.D.), Lisa
Pedersen (M.A.), and Susan Resko (M.M.). (2014, June 4). About Pediatric
Bipolar Disorder
. Retrieved from The Balanced Mind Parent Network :

Ranna Parekh, M. M. (2015, July). Biploar Disorders
. Retrieved from American Psychiatric Association :

Rashmi Nemade, PH.D., Natalie Staats Reiss, PH.D.,
& Mark Dombeck, PH.D. (2007, September 19). Mental
Retrieved from Sociology Of Depression – Effects Of Culture: