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PostSubject: Subject Character Creation   Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:22 pm

◦ SUBJECT CREATION GUIDE ◦
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◦ When Creating a Subject Character ◦

There is a large number of types of subject characters that you can create. Brideston Pharmacokinetics is looking for the brainiacs of the world to further their research for them, whether that be in the fields of science and mathematics, human studies, planetary studies, or the arts. You may choose to make either one of these brainiacs, or you may choose to make one of the facility's psychiatric patient characters. This thread will walk you through all of the things you'll need to know to make a character that will be accepted by Brideston Pharmacokinetics. Happy hunting!

◦ SUBJECT CHARACTER BASICS ◦
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  • All subjects must be between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-one (21). Older or younger subjects will not be accepted.
  • All subjects must either have a specific area of excellence and study, or a psychiatric issue from our accepted issues list found in this thread.
  • Psychiatric Patients must fill out a Psychiatric Subject application.
  • Educational Studies subjects must fill out an Educational Studies Subject application.
  • Subjects can be from any location on the planet. (Though we will put a cap on Japanese subjects should we find them taking over the majority of applications.)
  • All subjects MUST speak fluent English in order to be accepted.
  • There are a number of psychiatric complaints that we will not accept in either educational studies subjects or psychiatric subjects. These include: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder), Mood Disorders such as Clinical Depression and Bipolar Disorder and Gender Identity Disorders. (We may add others to this list in the future if we spot something that may cause problems in the Facility running.)


Keeping these basic rules and guidelines in mind, you'll find the particulars for character creation below, from educational studies to psychiatric subjects. be sure to read all of the information provided for you carefully, as it will save you time in the long run, when your application is being processed. And don't forget, many applications get pended, so don't be alarmed or put-off if you see a pend notice on your app! It's just there to help you fine-tune your character!


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PostSubject: Education Studies Subject Creation   Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:37 pm

◦ EDUCATIONAL STUDIES SUBJECT CREATION ◦
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Educational studies subjects are the facility's students/lab rats. They are young individuals who have shown exceptional abilities in specific fields of study and application that Brideston Pharmacokinetics find useful to help them achieve their own goals in anything from medicine to mathematics, physics, science and human studies. Below, you'll find a list of areas of study that you will pick from when choosing your educational studies character. You may pick up to two areas of study, though they must tie in together well. For example, a student of English would be unlikely to also excel at the same level in mathematics. A better combination might be English and Performing Arts, or Mathematics and Physics. You do not have to use two, and may use only one if you wish.

◦ AREAS OF STUDY ◦
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  • Mathematics:
    Those who excel in mathematics are excellent logic thinkers. They are able to process complex mathematical equations and ideals better than their peers, and enjoy the challenges of problem solving in areas of calculus, geometry and algebra. Their applications should reflect a firm grasp of mathematical theory and a background in mathematical related studies and extra-curricular activities. This area of study plays well with: Physics, Chemistry, Economics, and Architecture.

  • Computer Sciences:
    Computer Sciences subjects have a firm understanding of both the mechanics of computing, and the language of programming. They are able to find their way around a computer easily, program complex commands, and write codes and programs for specific tasks. Those with Computer Science areas of study should display an application that reflects this ability and interest, academically and in extracurricular areas. These characters might have a history of internet or computer related crimes, such as hacking etc, but these are not necessary for character approval. This area of study plays well with: Languages, electronics and engineering.

  • Sciences:
    Students of the sciences are adept in the fields of chemistry, biology and/or physics. They have a firm understanding of the general governing laws of forces, the elements and physiology, and are able to use that understanding to work on laboratory theses, experiments and tests. Their curriculum and extracurricular activities should reflect a background in scientific study and enthusiasm in a chosen scientific field. they are comfortable both in a hands on scenario, such as a laboratory, and in an academic field, showing their working through thoughtful and objective theories and proposals. The various sciences play well with: Mathematics, Psychology, Physical Education, Geology and Engineering.

  • Social Studies:
    Those who excel in the field of social studies are most adept at handling subjects such as psychology, sociology and history. Their minds are geared toward being able to see the reason behind that which seems unreasonable. They are able to look at past incidents and make educated theories for the future. Social studies students are comfortable in social environments and with hands-on learning, and are most interested in the evolution and future of humanity both on an individual level and as a whole. They are adept at learning the scientific structures of the human mind and personality, and applying that knowledge to assessing past and future events. Social Studies plays well with: Languages, Biology, Physical Education, and Performing Arts.

  • The Arts & Literature:
    Those interested in the arts and literature are students who excel in one or more fields such as Art, Music, Performing Arts, English and Languages. These individuals are creative and able to utilise abstract thinking to solve problems that others might only see from certain angles. They are adept at the use of the written and spoke word, musical composition and performance, or physical performance on stage. They are accustomed to being in the spotlight from time to time, and are able to perform better under pressure than some of their more academically minded peers. The Arts & Literature plays well with: Social Studies and Physical Education.


When you are filling out an application, be sure to try and differentiate clearly which group you are aiming for primarily. Focus the character's area of expertise and their history on the area of study that you want to be their main focus. For example, if you are attempting a character with an affinity for the English language, but who excels primarily in History, try to gear most of their prior grades and extracurricular activities more in the social studies spectrum. Remember, you may choose up to two areas of study if they correlate with one another well and logically, but only one of those will be their main study group, on their application approval. he staff will need a clear idea of which one you were aiming for. A thorough read-through of the Educational Studies Subject Application before you begin will help you to clarify in your mind what information you will need to put where, and what sorts of things you want to include to gear the character toward the group you wish them to belong to.


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PostSubject: Psychiatric SUbject Creation   Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:57 pm

◦ PSYCHIATRIC SUBJECT CREATION ◦
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Psychiatric subjects must fall within very specific spectra of disorder for Brideston Pharmacokinetics to grant them admission. They choose only those subjects with complaints on their roster for study or exploitation. They are interested in studying psychiatric complaints that may benefit their work in some way, or may help them to explain and/or eradicate certain facets about humanity at large that the company finds inefficient or non-productive, either within the company or within their consumer base. Particular areas of interest include social disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and some autistic spectrum disorders. Psychiatric subjects will be included in some classes and projects, and will also have their own programs of activities that help Brideston Pharmacokinetics study interactions and responses, as well as seeing how different minds approach different tasks, to optimise their efficiency. Below, you will find a list of psychiatric complaints or disorders that are accepted by the facility, along with brief descriptions of each. Please bear in mind that these are only brief summaries, and we encourage you to do your own research on any of the issues you pick for your character. You may choose up to two issues for any one character, but one issue must be the main focus, and issues must go together logically. As with educational studies subjects, you will need to clarify on your application which issue is the primary issue, and tie the sub-issue in with that.

A Note On Spectrum Disorders: Below, you will see there are two disorders that are listed as spectrum disorders. For these disorders, you may pick one of the associated disorders that fall under that category. You will have to do some research on these, as summaries are not provided for the specific disorders.

◦ ACCEPTED ISSUES & DISORDERS ◦
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  • Conduct Disorder: (Under 18 Years of Age)
    Conduct disorder is a psychiatric category marked by a pattern of repetitive behaviour wherein the rights of others or social norms are violated. Symptoms include verbal and physical aggression, cruel behaviour toward people and pets, destructive behaviour, lying, truancy, vandalism, and stealing. Symptoms/Indicators may include:
      o Antisocial behaviours, such as bullying and fighting
      o Breaking rules without apparent reason
      o Cruel or aggressive behaviour toward people and animals (fights, using dangerous weapons, forced sexual activity, mugging, or purse snatching)
      o Destruction of property (deliberately setting fires, breaking and entering, destroying other people's property)
      o Heavy drinking and/or heavy illicit drug use
      o Lying to get a favour or avoid obligations
      o Running away
      o Truancy (beginning before age 13)
      o Vandalism


  • Antisocial Personality Disorder: (Over 18 Years of Age Only)
    Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) as "...a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood." Diagnostic Criteria for this disorder are described as follows:
      A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring for as long as either childhood, or in the case of many who are influenced by environmental factors, around age 15, as indicated by three or more of the following:
        o Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviours as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
        o Deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
        o Impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
        o Irritability and aggression, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
        o Reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
        o Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behaviour or honour financial obligations;
        o Lack of remorse, as indicated by indifference to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;
      B) The individual is at least 18 years of age.
      C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.
      D) The occurrence of antisocial behaviour is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.


  • Reactive Attachment Disorder:
    Reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which infants and young children don't establish healthy bonds with parents or caregivers. A child with reactive attachment disorder is typically neglected, abused, or moved multiple times from one caregiver to another. Because the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met, he or she never establishes loving and caring attachments with others. This may permanently alter the child's growing brain and hurt their ability to establish future relationships. Reactive attachment disorder begins before age 5. Signs and symptoms of the disorder may begin when the child is still an infant. Signs and symptoms in toddlers, older children and adolescents may include:
      o Withdrawing from others
      o Avoiding or dismissing comforting comments or gestures
      o Acting aggressively toward peers
      o Watching others closely but not engaging in social interaction
      o Failing to ask for support or assistance
      o Obvious and consistent awkwardness or discomfort
      o Masking feelings of anger or distress
      o Alcohol or drug abuse in adolescents

    As children with reactive attachment disorder grow older, they may develop either inhibited or disinhibited behaviour patterns. While some children have signs and symptoms of just one type of behaviour, many exhibit both types.
      o Inhibited behaviour: Children with inhibited behaviour shun relationships and attachments to virtually everyone. This may happen when a baby never has the chance to develop an attachment to any caregiver.
      o Disinhibited behaviour. Children with disinhibited behaviour seek attention from virtually everyone, including strangers. This may happen when a baby has multiple caregivers or frequent changes in caregivers. Children with this type of reactive attachment disorder may frequently ask for help doing tasks, have inappropriately childish behaviour or appear anxious.




  • Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders:
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviours that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviours to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. The following conditions have been hypothesised by various researchers as existing in the Obsessive Compulsive spectrum:
      o Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      o Body dysmorphic disorder
      o Some forms of delusional disorder
      o Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
      o Hypochondriasis
      o Sexual Paraphilias
      o Pathological gambling
      o Pica
      o Non-paraphilic sexual addictions
      o Tourette syndrome
      o Trichotillomania


  • Autism Spectrum Disorders:
    The autism spectrum, also called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC), is a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviour. The defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorders are impairments of social communication and interaction, along with restricted and repetitive activities and interests. Other aspects of ASD, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis. An estimated 0.5% to 10% of individuals with ASD show unusual abilities, ranging from splinter skills such as the memorization of trivia to the extraordinarily rare talents of prodigious autistic savants. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for children with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they are, despite the common belief that they prefer to be alone. Being on the autism spectrum does not keep children from understanding race and gender stereotypes in a society; like normal children they can learn aspects of stereotypical behaviour by observing their parents' actions. The only Autism Spectrum Disorders accepted by Brideston Pharmacokinetics are:
      o High-functioning autism (HFA) and
      o Asperger syndrome




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