Mental Health Treatment Plan

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Veterans who have been deployed to combat and endured trauma display higher levels of emotional distress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Yarvis, 2013). Moreover, the exposure to traumatic events over the lifespan relates to issues that impact the individual by a wide range of mental health problems (Briere & Scott, 2012). The VA offers a vast majority of mental health services, however there are particular interventions that are not offered because there aren’t enough medical practitioners certified or exposed to certain therapies. With respect to the patient, this paper will discuss an unsuccessful treatment plan that would have prospered had the veteran underwent an alternative route of interventions. Although a medical team follows the veteran, her PTSD symptoms continue to affect her day-to-day life.
Mini Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment The veteran is a 38-year-old, White, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/ Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), woman, who has a history of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and is diagnosed with PTSD (ICD-10/F43.10). The veteran has an extensive sexual abuse
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She had previously seen another provider for 2 years, but felt she was not making any progress as her flashbacks continued. She decided to seek services at the VA and was referred to mental health back in September and started a 6-week cycle of CBT treatment in a closed-ended group setting. She wanted to begin outpatient therapy; per the client, she would like to “feel normal for once in my life”, address her trauma issues, and improve her self-esteem. Towards session 4 of the 6-week CBT cycle, the client disclosed to the facilitators that the group was not working out for her. She expressed that her thoughts were so clouded and negative that she could not reframe the “positives” in her thinking. The veteran decided to stop attending the CBT group and try again with an outside VA
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