Psychology Research Paper

828 WordsDec 7, 20174 Pages
I’ve had a few experiences that relate to what I’ve learned in psychology this semester but the one topic that sticks out the most would be about one of my cousins. Diana, who is the middle child, ended up growing up with my family for a couple of years after her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. When she was younger, my aunt would take her frustrations out on Diana, her brother and sister verbally and physically. My cousin would tell me that her mom would beat her and also blame situations on her, mentally affecting her. Her Father would drink in excess and ended up turning into an alcoholic, which made it so she had no parent to turn to. My cousin started to also drink and cut herself as a way to deal with the situation she…show more content…
Eventually she started doing well for herself. She went to an out of state college graduated, also got a nursing degree and talked about going for a master’s degree. While in college she even met a guy that she was able to keep a normal relationship with, He was normal and nice to her. Then when she came back home, she started spending time with the same kids that she used to abuse drugs and alcohol with. She ended up breaking up with her boyfriend and started sleeping around again as well. At this point she neglected looking for a job with her degree. Then things got even worse after her little brother was locked up in prison and she started relaying even more on alcohol on a daily basis and also heroin. This is when my mom tried convincing her to go back into counseling so she could deal with her problems in a healthy way. Instead she ignored it and continued on her destructive path, never dealing with her problems that she was facing. The one good thing at this time was her brother. They would communicate thru visitations, letters and over the phone whenever possible. He would tell her how sad he was being locked up but more because of what she was putting herself thru. Eventually she checked herself into a substance abuse program and then a rehab center. Finally in 2013 she was able to become drug free minus drinking alcohol occasionally. She has been
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