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Running head: CASE STUDY 1 KRISTEN 1 Case Study 1: Kristen Paula M. Robinson Liberty University
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CASE STUDY 1 KRISTEN Case Study 1: Kristen This paper will examine the case of Kristen, a 38-year-old divorced mother of two teenaged daughters, who has a successful career in upper-level management at a thriving company for over 6 years. Kristen is also a Christian with a strong supportive network, and she also has a good relationship with her ex-husband. Nevertheless, she constantly worries about her job and her family. She presents with a variety of symptoms linked to a psychopathological disorder. These mental health concerns are a negative impact on her life overall, contributing to her inability to function well at work. She experiences constant worries which have disrupted her sleep pattern as well as her ability to form new relationships with others. This paper will discuss the key issues in her case, diagnostic impressions, and treatment recommendations Key Issues There are several key issues present in Kristen’s case. In order of importance, most to least, these issues are: a) constant worry about losing her job, being able to provide and care for her family, as well as the health of her aging parents; b) brain not shutting off at night, disrupting sleep pattern; c) experiencing negative thoughts that often drift to worst-case scenarios; d) losing track of what she is trying to say; e) experiencing muscle aches; f) feeling restless, tired, and tense; g) being irritable; and h) constant pacing, especially while alone at work. As Kristen’s counselor, the most important issues are her constant worry, losing track of what she is saying, her negative thoughts, and losing sleep. Her constant worrying affects her overall ability to function well at work. It also plagues her mind constantly in her relationships as well as in her inability to form romantic relationships. She constantly worries that a potential mate would not 2
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CASE STUDY 1 KRISTEN want to date her since she is usually irritable. These issues are important because they seems to drive her behavior and impairs her functionality, thereby impacting her quality of life. In approaching treatment with this particular order of the key issues in mind, treating Kristen’s constant worrying first might aid in treating other mental health concerns found like negative thoughts, anxiety, restlessness, and sleep disturbances. Her worrisome thoughts cause her to feel a sense of dread about work and her family. They are manifested through her feelings of restlessness, tiredness, and tension she has on a regular basis. They also impact her ability to have more positive thinking patterns since she often resorts to worse-case scenarios that hinder her ability to think clearly in terms of her parents. By “attacking” her worrisome thoughts first in treatment, it is possible to help Kristen realize the impact they are having on her life overall.
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