where she does not take her medication. she currently has not been attending her counseling
physically abused by her father and that causes a diminish of hope within herself to become
Susan is an 11 year old Latina/ Caucasian female who currently has been referred due many issues inside and outside the home. Susan is a victim of sexual abuse by her father. Susan is being put in adult situations of caring extensively for younger siblings, caring for the mother, and being a partner for the alcoholic father. Susan witnesses a great deal of violent behavior between her parents. The violence leads to the father becoming sexual with Susan. He looks to her for consoling and support. As a result, Susan is experiencing feelings of depression to the extent where she has attempted suicide and she reports that she cuts herself with safety pins when she witnesses her parents fighting. Susan has not learned appropriate interaction cues and due to the violent nature in the household,
Her anxiety and depression interfere with her academic and interpersonal functions. She struggles to motivate herself to attend her classes. She is not coping well with her internal struggles. She is
After moving to the U.S. at age twelve, Neveah was “raped” on two occasions by a family member. She did report this and legal actions were taken. Neveah’s mental health history began shortly after
JonBenet was found dead, wrapped in sheets in the basement of her home by her father John Ramsey. Patsy Ramsey (The Mother) called early in the morning saying to the police dispatcher that her child was kidnapped. A ransom note was left on the staircase inside their home. The ransom stated that a small foreign faction had taken their daughter, and if they wanted her back, they would have to pay $118,000 for her safe return.
Her recent episode of fleetingly thinking of throwing herself in front of a car is also an increase in previously somewhat benign self-harm behavior in the past. She has a history of sexual abuse as a child which may be of significance to her current mood status at this time in her life.
Sarah Lynn Butler, a 7th grader from Hardy, Arkansas had just been nominated queen for Fall Festival. She started receiving messages on her myspace page accusing her of being a “slut” and a “stupid naive little girl”. She hung herself on September, 26, 2009 while her family was away. In her suicide note she stated that she could not handle what others were saying about her. Many people believe that suicide is caused by mental illness, but in most suicide cases it is caused by bullying.
Although no previous suicide attempts are reported, she has not sought mental health services when depression sets in, but it exacerbates current stressors (i.e. financial circumstances and the relationship problem) negatively affecting situations. She finds handling her children emotionally draining and difficult since the abuse originated, over a year ago. The client has not been treated for being emotionally and physically abused by her husband nor have the children, but she expressed that her husband has a history of violence and has always been quick to anger, her son is currently experiencing behavioural issues. Johnathon has been subject to abusive treatment too and is displaying violent tendencies and intimidation towards his younger sibling, which she become progressively timider and reserved as a result. Since leaving high school, the client has limited support systems and a distant relationship with her parents, but has begun the process of reaching back out, although still fears being ‘found’ prior to securing stability and independence from her
Based on the case study provided Susan has qualifies as a youth that has had a traumatic experience on all three levels of focus in a trauma-informed assessment. Susan has been exposed to events that are traumatic. These are, for example, she has been for a long time been sexually abused by her father and her father frequently physically abused her mother over trivial issues and she even witnessed her parents fighting to the extent that her mother was hospitalized due to a head injury inflicted by her father. In addition, Susan displays symptoms that are linked to post traumatic stress disorder. These include the continuous engagement in daily physical altercations, sleeping difficulties, development of depression, drug experimentation, and aggressive behavior
In order to do this, she must meet with a Psychotherapist for individual counseling once a month for a period of 1 year. In addition, she must also attend group counseling to develop the appropriate coping skills necessary. According to Larry E. Beutler, Rebecca E. Williams and Heidi A. Zetzer, authors of the article “Efficacy of Treatment for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse” (1994), some of the most common and popular forms of treatment interventions available to victims of abuse include individual, family, and group counseling. Research found that these “programs focus their most intensive treatment efforts on the child victim” (Beutler et al., 1994, p.159). Treatment through individual and group counseling is achieved through 4 therapeutic aims: “relieving symptoms, destigmatizing, increasing self-esteem, and preventing future abuse” (Beutler, et al., 1994, p. 159). The second treatment objective Precious must address is to learn about breaking the cycle of abuse. In order to accomplish this goal, she must speak with her mother about the trauma she encountered and learn to manage her anger in a healthy way. According to the article “Effective Practices for Sexually Traumatized Girls: Implications for Counseling and Education” (2007) by authors Lee Underwood, Sarah E. Stewart & Anita M. Castellanos, “Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) was
She reported no exposure to mental health professional, she denies any family history of mental health or substance problems in biologically related family
The theoretical lens I took on this case study was a holistic or integrative approach. The distressful variables that are applied Anna's life and current situations cannot be addressed solely based on one theory and require a lens that pulls together several frameworks to address each distressful factor in Anna's life. Due to Anna's age, low socioeconomic status, neglect, possible physical abuse, self-image, confusion, overweight, and hearing impairment, there are several diagnoses that she could potentially display, such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Separation Anxiety Disorder (Henderson & Thompson, 2016). Assessments I would incorporate for each potential disorder are as follows:
The biggest factors affecting Beth’s mental health have been the persistent, complex trauma resulting from the domestic violence, abuse, and poverty. Although she tried many times to do
I recently came across a Buzzfeed video of a person sorting 1,600 beads by color. The video began with a white box on a white table. During the first few seconds of the video, hands appear and place a white bowl full of colored beads in the box. The hands then pour the beads into the box and shuffle them around. The rest of the video is a time-lapse of the beads being organized with like colors. I spent four minutes and fifty-five seconds of my life mesmerized by these beads being put into their place, and I did not feel like the time was wasted. Something about the video relieved me, and I did not know why. It is almost unsettling that I spent nearly five minutes watching that video when I could have been doing something much more