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DIAGNOSTIC AND

STATISTICAL MANUAL OF
MENTAL DISORDERS
SIXTH EDITION

DSM-VI

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION


Authored by: Julie Han, Eunice Ki, Amy Oh, Ruby Won

Diagnostic Features
Senioritis is a mood disorder that is present inmosthighschoolseniors,hencethename.
The core feature of Senioritis is persistent, severe laziness. The time at which Senioritis occurs
varies, depending on each individual. Usually, the symptoms appear at the beginning of second
semester, for college applications are
finished by winter break. Patients
experience a feeling of freedom, as all the
work they had done for the past three
years of high school can finally be
forgotten. The numerous amountsoftears,
breakdowns, fights withteacherstoround
up the 89.99% to an A, and allnighters
spent on finishing a project eventually
createsa backlash oflazinessandrebellion
during senior year. The future of many
students have been ruined due to
Senioritis. Once trapped into this serious mental affliction, it is extremely difficult to escape.
Many high school seniors are not able toget intothecollegetheywanttogoto,andfurthermore
not graduate high school, due to Senioritis. The effort and time eventuallygotowaste,inacase
of severe Senioritis. The sensation of feeling free, after receiving acceptance letters during
second semester, leads students to believe that they can just relax and no longer try in high
school. They do not consider thefactthatcollegescanrenegeonadmissiondecisions. Clinicians
should be able to determine whether a student has been diagnosed with Senioritis, with a
measuringscalecalledtheSenioritisScale.
There are various symptoms that accompany Senioritis. Laziness is the most critical of
them all. Anything related with school, including classwork and homework, is rarely
accomplished at home and on campus. Everything just gets too tiring and requires too much
effort. The next most common symptom is extremeprocrastination.Thisissomewhatrelatedto
laziness, and the beginning stages can build up startingfromfreshmanyear.Senioritismarksthe
peak of procrastination. Projects, whether it is worth twenty or onethousand points,areputoff
until the last 510 hours oftheduetime.Anothersymptomisshorttermmemoryloss,especially
with due dates. When a student is alerted by a classmate that an assignment is due, responses
such as uhoh and oops are common. Accompanying shortterm memory loss is ditching.
Students ditch school for the whole day, alsocalledbeingabsent.Theymaybehangingoutwith
their other senior friends or watching Netflix on their beds. Other forms of ditching include
secretly walking out of school through the back gate. Numerous student athletes donotcometo
practice and ditch with their fellow teammates instead. The mind and body just wont allowthe
patienttoeithergetreadyorstayinschool.

Associated Disorders
Although Senioritis is already a highly hazardous disorder itself, there are other disorders that
maybeassociatedtoit.
Schizoid Personality Disorder:
The disorder is a
condition in which people avoid social activities and
interactions with other people. Due to the excessive
amount of ditching school and staying home to go on a
Netflix marathon, students may develop this antisocial
disorder, in which they lack the desire or skill to create
personal relationships. The sudden decrease of human
interaction at school can greatly impact a students lifein
thefuture.
Bipolar Disorder:
Alsoreferredtoasmanicdepression,bipolardisordercausesextrememood
swings that lead to both emotional highs and lows. A patient can be going along their day at
school, but suddenly experience a surge of excitement when thinking about leaving school or a
wave of sadness and hopelessness when thinking about a project, essay, or other school
activities. They easily feel happy about the simplest thought of going off to college. Atthenext
moment,theycanbecompletelydepressedandupset.

Depression:
Students lose pleasure in daily
life due to the thought of going to school and
spending more than 7hoursthere.Thepersistent
loss of interest in school activity can lead to
emotional or physical conditions, which include
theinabilitytoconcentrateontasks.

Acute Stress Disorder


: Students begin to develop severe anxiety due to experiencing a
traumatic event, such as failing a class. Seniors will then show a decrease in emotional
responsiveness and find it difficult to experience pleasure in previously enjoyable activities
relatedtoschool.Failingaclasscan triggersuchtraumathatschoolbecomesabsolutelydreadful.
A person may experience difficultyconcentratingwithschoolwork.Thestudentmayexperience
sleepdisturbance,highirritability,andtheinabilitytothinkpositively.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
Seniors may experience constant anxiety just thinking
about school work. It can cause restlessness and the trouble of concentrating, which can affect
theeffectivenessofgettingworkdone.

Who is MOST vulnerable?

Senioritis more than frequently affects seniors of


17 to 19 years of age hence the word
Senior
itis. Seniors
find themselves degrading in efficiency and become
slower with every passing day. After three years of
enduring a painfully awkward, confusing, and rigorous
high school life, their bodies finallygiveintothedisease.
As generations go by, an increasing amounts of juniors
from 15 to 17 years of age are also displayingsymptoms.
In rare cases, freshman have also been battling this long
termillness.

Senioritis is most noticeably common amongst Western cultures who live with an
individualist attitude. These areas include America, Europe,andCanada. Individualismconsists
of being independent and selfreliant. Victims of senioritis, are not capable of or cannot
empathize with teachers or hard working students.
Those affected do not rely on anyone to encourage
them to be productive. They are lazy just because
they see it as an option in their current situation.
This disease blinds the victim of the social and
academic consequences of their life, which can
possibly occur due to their incompetency. In
collectivistcountries,Senioritiswouldbeconsidered
the disease of failure because in collective
societies, people work together in colonies for an
overall benefit. A slacker in a collectivist country
would be the target of alienation and judgmental
comments, therefore Senioritis is rare in collectivist
countries.

This illness seems to spread equally amongst both genders, however, boys often
display it earlier and more openly. Gender studies have shown that boys oftenspeakslowerand
are less sensitive about topics of academics than girls are. Girls react quicker to a given stimuli
and are more open display more qualities of intelligence, which makes it more difficult to
diagnose a female with this illness. Regardless, females are just as susceptible to Senioritis as
malesare.

Duration

Depending on severity, symptoms usually hit during the lasttwoimportant yearsofhigh


schooljunior and senior year. Senioritis is a common diseaseamongthisgradeageof16to19,
when academic pressure becomes is significant weight.
Teens of this age develop anxiety, which eventually
encourages them to either take action or to live life as a
couchpotato(senioritis).
Juniors, ages 16 to 18, who take rigorous AP
courses and have to take the SAT eventually develop
senioritis after overworking themselves to be successful in
those topics. When an individual in this categorical age
does exceptionally well by the end of junioryear,theyfeel
as if their high school goals have been met.Duringthelast
two months of junior year, they also believe that the
difficult year has drained their juice of persevering ability
from their body and minds. This mindset increases their
susceptibility to develop Senioritislike symptoms,
resultingintheearlyonsetofthisillness.

During senior year, Senioritis is a plague amongst


the kids. The last year of high school may be one of the
most vigorous. In this year, one should be determined to
keep their GPA consistent as well as spending extra time working on college applications.
Students may feel that Senioritis is the only escape fromthethickresponsibilitiesofschool.By
second semester, almost no one is immune. Each day after winter break is another victim
clinically diagnosed with Senioritis. College applications are sent in and students are become
sluggishly inactive, while waiting for thefloodofacceptanceletters.Fewer orweakersymptoms
usually dissipate at the end of ones high school career for graduation. While some seniors are
abletoprevail,mostofthemareswallowedupwholebythedisease.

In some unfortunate cases,patientsmaynotnoticetheirillnessuntiltheyaremiddleaged


and live in the basement of their mothers run downhouse.Inthiscase,therapyistheonlycure.
(Seeourtherapybookformoreinformation.)

Specific Symptoms

After seniors had turned in their college applications, they think they are all done with
school. They dont come to school, they dont do their homework, and they dont study due to
their laziness, extreme procrastination, ditching, careless, andshorttermmemoryloss. Although
a lot ofthepercentageofseniorsgothroughsenioritis,itcouldbeverydangerousbecauseit may
beaminortoseverementaldisorder.
Laziness:
Laziness is the biggest reason why
seniors go through senioritis. By senior year,
which is the last yearofhighschool,manyseniors
get tired of school. Even though they know being
lazy could harm them, they come to a mind set
where doing small amount of homework would
not affect them. However, the small amount of no
work increases, and eventually comes to a point
where their grades are affected. Being lazy would
not only affect their grades and GPA, but their
acceptance to colleges. Colleges can alwayscheck
theirgradesandcanceltheiracceptance.
Extreme Procrastination:
Many seniors tend to procrastinate and barely turn in their
assignments in time. Theypushtheirhomeworksas theirlastprioritybecausetheyhangoutwith
their friends or they just get lazy to do it. Extreme procrastinationmakespeopleget tiredeasily.
Iftheykeepprocrastinating,theymightcometoapointwheretheygetsotiredthattheyjustgive
up. Its so sad because if they give up in their senior year, all the hard works they put in restof
theirhighschoolyearisruined.
Ditching:
Some other symptoms of senioritis is ditching. Many seniors tend to ditch their
classes. There are many reasons to it, but the major reasons are because they dont do their
homework or their classes are boring. However a large percentageofstudentsgototheirclasses
when they are a freshman, sophomore, or junior even if they dont like it. Specifically seniors
tendtomissandditchtheirclassesalot.
Carelessness:
Seniors with senioritis come to a point where they do not care about their
grades and GPA. Many students are not careless about their future. They are just too lazy to do
anything with school. However in extreme cases, a senior mightreachapointwheretheydonot
careabouttheirlifeorfutureanymore.
Short-Term Memory Loss:
Seniors with senioritis show minor symptoms of shortterm
memory loss. They tend to forget the due dates for assignments. In more extreme cases some
couldforgetwhentheyhavetogotoschool.

Prevalence

With the Senioritis Scale test, we tested twenty


seniors anonymously. The maximum scoreis80andthe
minimumis0.Alsothescoresfornumbers2,6,7,9,12,
15, 16, and 19 have to be counted oppositely. As a
result, the averageoftheirscoreswas39.9.Fromtwenty
people, only five people scored under 20, which is only
25%. The students who scored lower than 20 are not
infected by senioritis. On the other hand, people who
scored 50 or higher definitely have senioritis. People who scored between 20 and 50 show
symptoms of senioritis, but they donothavetoworryaboutit toomuch. Studentswithscores70
or higher should talk to trustful adults and try to seek help from them or their family members,
teachers, or school staff should look over them extra
carefully so that they would not cause trouble, ditch
classes, or in extreme cases, quit school. From those
who participated in this test, 40% of the students are
diagnosed to senioritis and 35% of the students show
small symptoms of senioritis. Almost twice as more
peoplearediagnosedwith senioritisthanpeoplewhoare
not. So we came to a conclusion that not all seniors are
affectedbysenioritis,butagreatamountofstudentsare.
These are the scores the seniors got : 8, 10, 11, 13,
16, 23, 27, 34, 39, 43, 48, 49, 51,55,57,58,60,61,66,
69.
From examining,the
studentswhoscoredhigh
on their Senioritis Scale
test tend to ditch classes, dont do their homework, and
procrastinatealot.Ontheotherhand,peoplewhoarenotaffected
to senioritis go to school everyday, do all their homework, and
turn in their assignments on time. Participants who scored
between 20 and 50 show some symptoms of senioritis. For
example, they ditch classes,butnotfrequently.Theyalsodotheir
homework assignments, but turn it in for the late credit and ask
teachers for extra credit to make that up. They care about their
grades and GPA, but are too lazy to do the work and easily
procrastinate.

SenioritisScale*SAMPLE*

Circleorchecknumbersaccordingtowhatyouthinkyoufallunder.

0never
1rarely
2sometimes
3almostalways
4always

1. Iforgettheduedatesforassignments.
01234
2. Igotoschoolontime.
01234
3. Igetintominorfightswithteachersandstaff.
01234
4. Idontwanttodoanythingthatsrelatedtoschool.
01234
5. IdontcareaboutmygradesandGPA
01234
6. Igotoclassesontime.
01234
7. Idoallmyhomework.
01234
8. Iprocrastinate.
01234
9. AlthoughIgetlazy,Idoallmywork.
01234

10. Iditchclassesoften.
01234
11. Schoolworkismylastpriority.
01234
12. IgetscaredwhenIdontturninassignmentsontime.
01234
13. Imtoolazytodoschoolwork.
01234
14. Ioftendoallmyassignmentsonthelastminute.
01234
15. Inevergettardy.
01234
16. Imscaredtodobadinmyclasses.
01234
17. Iforgettogotoschoolinthemorning.
01234
18. IfeellikeImdonewithschool.
01234
19. Ilikegoingtoschool.
01234
20. Iwanttograduatedassoonaspossible.
01234

Course

Senioritis may preexist since birth and


show signs through elementary and progress
throughout middle school. It may finally beatits
full potential during senior year of highschool. It
can subtly show signs and predisposition of
senioritis since infancy. Subtle symptominclude:
believing that school is useless, always or often
turning in assignments past the due dates, not
caring about your grades, etc. These symptoms
become at its worst during senior year of high
school.

Senioritis can also first appear in high


school. For someone who develops Senioritis at
high school may first experience its symptoms
after a traumatizing event. For example, Student
X may be experiencing stress due to loads of homework and project. Student X lost track of a
due date of a project and did not turn it in on time. Then he realized that he can just not care
aboutduedatesandschool.
Does It Go Away? Senioritis only goes away permanently and effectively if it was a choice
made bythepatienthimself/herselfvoluntarily.Adiagnosedpatientmaybepressuredandforced
to do well and get better grades by their parents orteachers.Thiscanonlytemporarilyallowthe
patienttolucid.Senioritiscangoawayforthatshortperiodoftime.

In some cases, the diagnosed patient, during the duration of Senioritis, may realize that
his/her future is important, school is important, and that they want the best for themselves.This
type of realization may allow permanent recovery from Senioritis. Though, there isachancefor
it to come back and get diagnosed again if the patient overwrites his/her belief that school is
important.

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Subtypes
Five more minutes-itis:
The senior will have trouble
staying on task and occasionally say that theyll wait five
more minutes until they start their school work. They are
usually distracted on social media or watching an episode of
Keeping Up With the Kardashians. These people have a
mild case of Senioritis because they at least take into
considerationofdoingtheirwork,unlikeotherseverecases.
Itll only be a thirty minute nap-itis:
The victim will
attempt to get away with doing school work by saying that
they will only take a thirty minute nap.Thesepeopleattempt
to wake up and get on task, but in most cases, they really
never get up. After all, a thirty minutenapseemstogofaster
thansleepingregularly.
We had homework?-itis:
The victim will come into
class and watch their classmates turn in theirhomeworkto
the teacher. Their face expression will be fullofconfusion
because they most likely never even seen the workbefore.
Common remarks are Wait, we had homework? or
Whats that? This becomes a continuous cycle, and the
senior probably hasafailontheAssignmentpartoftheir
grade.
I would copy your homework, but Im too lazy-itis:
The senior has severe Senioritis.
In this case, the victim wont copy any homework, even if someone offers. Thesenior probably
gave up in school at this point and is going to get rejected from whatever school they were
previouslyacceptedto.Thevictimjustdoesntcareanymoreaboutthefuture.
Im just gonna wing it-itis:
The victim will come to
school knowing nothing about what is going on. They will
not be studying for any testsorexams,andwingitinstead.
The seniors dont open their textbooks anymore and just go
with the flow with everything. Large assignments, such as
projects, will be done last minute, with no prior planning.
They will no longer practice for PowerPoint presentationsor
rehearse for a skit. Everything will be done spontaneously
andonthespot.

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Diagnostic Criteria

3.
repetitivepatternsofbehavior,interests,and

activities
a. hallucinationsofcollegelife
b. lossofinterestinphysical
appearance
c. gettingdrawntoNetflixaccount
d. feelingsofrebelling

A. Atotalofthreeormoreitemsfrom(1),(2),and
(3),withatleasttwofrom(1)andonefrom(2):

1. lossofmotivation
a. pooruseoftimeandbalancingwork
b. failuretocompleteassignments
c. alackofeffortinschoolwork

2.
immobility
a. unabletouselegstomakeittoclass
b. lossofhandmobilitywhenitstimeto
turnoffTV
c. inabilitytowriteortype
d. extremedifficultygettingoutofbed

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B.
Delaysorabnormalfunctioninginatleast
oneofthefollowingarea,withonsetbefore
age3:(1)carelessness,(2)laziness,and(3)
tardiness.

C.
Thedisturbanceisnotbetteraccountedfor
byanotherspecificpervasivedevelopmental
disorderorbycancer.

Case Study
SignorRyetus
Signor Ryetus (wants to be known anonymously
as The GoatLicker).Ryetusis an18yearoldmale
who is a student, currently attending University
High School. Ryetus was actually a very
incompetent student at the start of his high school
career. Right about time when his work ethic had
changed for the better,Ryetuswashitwithcollege
applications andincreasingamountsofhomework.
After applications were turned in, he said to
himself, I need a short nap to function properly
and regain energy. At this very moment, Ryetus
fell into a infinite coma of the life of a sassy diva who enjoyed extended naps, his paper
shredder, and a whole lot of turnup time.Attimeswhenhewasforcedtodowork,hecouldnot
start unless he stared at the work for 2 hours in order to comfort his eyes. Afterwards, it would
take him another 2 hours to actually convince himselftodothework.Afterdaysofnotshowing
up to school, Ryetus noticed that his group of friends hadalsodevelopedSenioritis.Thedisease
was affecting them like the domino effect. Together, they shared same monotonous emotion of
communication, wore clothes which reeked of its own party, and only raised their voices when
complainingaboutschoolwork.Afterweeksofthisrepetitiveness,theillnessconsumedRyetus.

Interview
Me:Haveyouseenanysignsofsenioritis?
Ryetus:ForoneInoticeditinmyselfthissemesterwhenIjustfeltlikedoingworklessand
less.Imlazy,havefeelingsofditchingclass,andjustdontcareanymore.Whatever.
Me:Howhasyourworkethicchanged?
Ryetus:Myworkethicwasactuallytakingatollonthemorepositiveside,untilIwashitwith
withcollegerelatedpressures.
Me:Canyoubemorespecificontheactivitieswhichyouconsiderlazy?
Ryetus:Well,asforlazinessgoes,itliterallytakesme2hourstostarthomeworkbecauseIm
justforcingmyselftodoit.
Me:DoyouhavefriendswithSenioritis?Didtheyaffectyou?
Ryetus:...Yeah,prettymuchallmyfriendshaveitWeallcaughtitatthesametime,wellat
leastIthinkwedid.Idontseethemanymorebecauseivebeentoooccupiedwithmylaziness
togotoschool.

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Me:WhatisyourdefinitionofSenioritis?
Ryetus:Well..Tome,senioritisisaninfection.Areallysevereone.Itmakesapersonlazy,
unmotivated,andjustreallyabigmess.Icanfeelitinsideme,nowthatitssecondsemester
already.It'sactuallyhorrifying.
(Theinterviewwillbepostedonoursenioritisproject.weebly.com)
Patient
1. Age18/Male/Unemployed
2. Heusedtobeextremelyoutgoingandhisworkethicwasimprovingsignificantlybefore
hewasill.Nowhedisplaysanantisocialpersonality,usinghissparetimetosurftheweb
forcatvideosinsteadofreachingouttohisfriendsorfamily.
3. RyetussresultsfortheMentalHealthQualityLifeScaleunmasksselfreported
difficultiesinPhysicalFunctioningaswellasIntellectualFunctioning.Ryetusiseasily
discomfortedbythethoughtofhavingtowalktoplacesortakethestairs.Justwalking
fromclassroomtoclassroomgiveshimfatigue,whichiswhyheisalmostalwaystruant.
Hislackofacademicandsocialmotivationhasalsolefthimwithalotofconfusionanda
decreaseinmemory.Hecannotfocusonanything,whichexplainshisslowedoverall
bodyfunction.Ryetushasevenshownslowermovementsofspeech.Hesayseveryword
withayawn,forhespendshisnightstryingtokeepupwiththeKardashians.Hewould
ratherstayhomethantalktohisfriendsordoanythingschoolrelated.Theclosest
definitionofhissociallifeiswhenherollsoutofbedtoseeifhisparentshavebrought
himfood.Livinginthecaveofhisroom,Ryetusshygienehasgonedowndramatically.
Hehasnowconvertedtooneshoweramonth.Itseemsasifhiswholelifenowrevolves
around4things:food,hisbed,acomputerscreen,andaphonescreen.Hislifeisthe
oppositethrill.

Mental Health Quality of Life Scale (categories with high results)

PhysicalFunctioning:10
FocusedAnxiety:5
Depression:8
IntellectualFunctioning:15

TotalScore:47

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5 Axis Diagnostic
a. AxisISenioritis
b. AxisIIResultssuggestthatpatientdoesnothaveanyotherdisorders
c. AxisIIIThepatienthasasthma,whichencourageshimtomakeexcuses,howeveroverall,
asthmaisamedicalcondition,unrelatedtoSenioritis
d. AxisIVThepatientisastudentlivingwithhisparents,sohehaslessfinancialandshelter
responsibilities,however,heuseshishomeasashieldfromanyformofsocialoracademiclife.
ThisrevealshissymptomsofSenioritis.
e. AxisVThepatientsGAFscoreisata63

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