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Running head: CASE STUDY MARIA LOPEZ 1 Case Study: Maria Lopez Amanda O. Reeder Southern New Hampshire University
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Case Study: Maria Lopez 2 Abstract Maria Lopez is a single Hispanic female living in a large Mississippi city. She is 35 years old and has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She recently lost her job and health insurance, so she does not take any medication for her illnesses. Maria has had physical health issues as well, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Maria's closest family lives in Florida, but she rarely sees them, as both parents are alcoholics. Introduction Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is brought on by a person who witnesses a terrifying situation with a life-threatening event that is persistently reexperienced in recurrent and intrusive recollections of that event (Eaton, 2012 p. 15). Common symptoms a person who experience with PTSD would be severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares. These symptoms can worsen and last for years if the person has not been treated. Maria Lopez has risk factors that would trigger the onset of PTSD as the prevalence of PTSD is higher in females than males and her age is within the age of onset. According to an academic journal “Prevalence rates of PTSD are twice as high in women than men” (Calhoun, Wiley, Dennis, Beckham, 2009 p.122). The onset for females for symptoms to occur with PTSD are between ages of 20-42 with a median of age 32 (Eaton, 2012 p. 134). Maria Lopez ethnicity is Hispanic/Latino and PTSD is very prevalent within Hispanics. It also has a higher chance to occur with people who live within an urban area (Eaton, 2012 p. 167 & p. 182).
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  • Fall '17
  • Psychological trauma, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Maria Lopez

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