Skit: Match the Melody to the Malady: For Cognitive Psychology students, Brandman University

Students: Here is the skit we're playing to record on Wednesday, March 16.  If you have any questions, email me at:

Match the Melody to the Malady


Dr. Amy Gdala: Good afternoon, welcome to another weekly Case Conferencing session at  Head Rest Psychotherapy Center for the Neurologically Impaired, I’m your new clinical director, Dr. Amy Gdala. 


Dr. Constance Flict.  Hi, Amy, and welcome.  We hope you’re less of a micro-manager than our last director.  I’ve got a case of a patient named A. Volition.  Although he’s not psychotic, he suffers from something that many schizophrenic patients suffer from---avolition.   As such, he cannot initiate behavior.  He’s stuck, emotionally, and thus, behaviorally paralyzed. 


Dr. D. Stract: Hey, that happens to me all the time.  It almost kept me from attending this meeting.


Dr.  C. Reuss: This is no laughing matter, Dr. Stract.  Let’s stay on track.


Dr. Basal Ganglia:  Asking that of Dr. Stract is like asking a person with a hypothalamic lesion to relax. 


Dr. Lateral I. Zation:  We’re glad to have you on board.  Dr. Flict’s case doesn’t sound like a life or death matter.  It sounds pretty mild if you ask me.  So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to bring up my case with you, and the beloved group first. Ferlin Gitfell, my Alchiemer’s patient has really been giving me some challenges of late. 


In terms of his visual functioning, he’s losing his ability to identify complex geometric patterns, like the wrinkled, but kindly face of his wife.  He came in with his wife.  He really loves her, and that seems to be helping.  They met as dance partners, back in the 40s, but now he’s losing his ability to initiate complex voluntary movements, so dancing is out of the question.


Dr. Ep E. Lepsy: Excuse me, Dr. Zation, mind if I call you Lat?

I think my case is more pressing because it’s about somebody having a brain attack. 

This guy is both a schizophrenic and an epileptic.  I’m sure he’d be the ideal candidate for one of Sperry’s experiments on hemispheric specialization.  I can’t overstress the urgency of this case. 


Dr. Calm: Calm Down, Dr. Lepsy, you look like the one about to go psychotic or to go into an epileptic seizure.


Dr. Lepsy: It seems to me that you’re the one getting hysterical.


Dr. Corpus:  Please!  The two of you act like a brain that’s been split at the corpus collosum. 


Dr. Calm: Now, as I was saying before being so rudely interrupted, I wanted to convey the phenomenological experience of my patient, with the help of these students from Dr. BLT’s class, who will act as an amalgamation of his auditory hallucinations and the electrical storm in the brain. 

This is what he has to contend with while I speak with him in our sessions. 

(let the background voices begin and continue to the end of the paragraph below).

Stormy McBrian is his name.  “Stormy, what you are suffering from is a confluence of two conditions, one being Schizophrenia, Paranoid type and Epilepsy.  There are reasons why you hear voices and think they are real people, saying real things.  There are reasons why you are confused and can’t seem to separate reality from non-reality.  There are reasons you think people are plotting against you.  There are reasons why you feel like there is an electrical storm in your brain…


 Dr. Amy Gdala: Well, we’re almost out of time, and believe it or not, each of you has already presented your case.  This is a brief therapy center, and maybe your old director was into prolix presentations, but not me.  And now that you’ve all heard each other’s cases, let’s play a game.


Dr. Sarah Bellum:  Wait, I have a patient whose brain was accidentally severed by, Dr. Perry, a neurosurgeon who thought she was epileptic.  Now she has a hard time being torn between what her head is telling her and what her heart is telling her.  She in a state of ambivalence and avolition.  She can’t mobilize her will to initiate action of any kind.


Dr Amy Gdala: Like I was saying, let's play a game.  It’s called Match the Melody to the Mental Health Malady.  Let’s listen to these three songs, penned by Dr BLT.  The first one, I get Forgetful, is performed by Dr BLT and former student, Patricia Mikel. 


This second song is My Heart has a Mind of Its Own. Is performed by Dr BLT, his former student Patricia Mikel and present student, Conrad Gill.


This third song is called Brain Attack.  It also features Patricia Mikel and Conrad Gill.  


Staff, listeners, and blog visitors, after hearing the skit, match the melodies to these maladies!  Are you ready?  Let’s go!



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