Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Case Study Essay

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The purpose of this paper is to present the information necessary to conceptualize a client case study on an individual who has been suffering from the anxiety condition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The client that is the subject of this case study is fictional in nature although the indicators that the client displays are those that are associated with the condition of PTSD.
Review of Research Issue The earlier research conducted was concerned with the efficacy of treatment of anxiety disorders in adults. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was identified as an effective treatment for these types of mental disorders. Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health disorders experienced by Americans today. It …show more content…

During the client assessment additional information, such as the problem antecedents, problem consequences, secondary gains, previous actions and coping skills to cope with the problem along with the client’s perception of the problem were also looked at. The problem antecedent was identified as the act of being held up at gunpoint for a robbery while stationed in Virginia, not far from her home. Now, when the client feels out of control or emotionally or physically threatened, the problem manifests itself with either anxiety or PTSD attacks. Due to this the problem consequences are that the client often has absences from work due to her PTSD and anxiety attacks. No secondary gains were identified associated with this client’s problem. In an attempt to address the problem, the client has sought out the care of various mental health professionals, to include seeing both a psychologist and psychiatrist and has, as a result, been place on medication. The client has also been had a period of admission to a psychiatric hospital in an attempt to bring her anxiety attacks under control. In specific regards to her alcoholism, the client has also previously been admitted to an in-patient rehabilitation program for six weeks and did in the past, although not currently, attend regular Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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