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CASE STUDY: Jamie Jamie is a 26-year-old African American Female who was recently discharged from the Army on medical grounds. Jamie has no current interest or hobbies. During her four years in the Army, Jamie experienced high levels of stress and agitation and restlessness which she coped with by drinking heavily. Jamie was sharing a flat with a young man who yelled at her if she smoked and often made unwelcome passes at her. When stressed she would become dizzy, experiencing hot flushes and increased heart rate. This scared Jamie and she thought something was medically wrong. When doctors examined and indicated they could not find a medical cause of her symptoms she would become angry. Jamie would often feel that her past has contributed her current health, and this would cause her to become sad, overwhelmed and sometimes suicidal. When she presented for intake, Jamie has not had any substances for the last 55 days and was seeking strategies to cope with her agitation and restlessness that didn’t involve drinking. Background Jamie was an only child whose parents separated during her teen years. She felt isolated and was often bored at school. Her love of art was the only thing that gave her any enjoyment and she expressed this by covering the school buildings with graffiti after dark. Already in conflict with her mother due to her poor school performance, the involvement of the police after she was reported for vandalizing public property further worsened their relationship. Her father had moved away and was no longer involved in Jamie’s life. Jamie left school intending to train as an ambulance medic. On being told she lacked the life experience required for this work; Jamie joined the Army on a four-year contract hoping to address this requirement. However, the Army turned out to be a repeat of the constrictive structure within which she had struggled both at school and at home.

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