Post-Discharge Combat Stress Evaluations
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This paper presents the cases of three recently discharged injured veterans to demonstrate how the process of psychological assessments integrate the history of the condition, the subject's mental status, a diagnosis and a prognosis based on the available evidence. Next, the author introduces the case of Oscar, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, who shows a number of signs of cognitive dissonance relating to the moment of his trauma, and the case of Kevin, who is potentially suicidal and does not have a prognosis. The paper concludes with the case of single-parent Angela, also diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and depression, who would benefit from career placement within the military.
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From the Paper:"There is a clear pattern in the history of Oscar's problem, which emerges from his description. Particularly, Oscar reports that while he feels relatively in control and is able to maintain a positive frame of mind during the day and in the company of friends, while he is alone he experiences his symptoms with great intensity. In particular, every night when alone, the patient descends into a similar set of conditions which are underscored by a permeating sense of dread and anxiety. The emotional components are manifested as palpable fear that results in the aforementioned nightmares, waking terrors and his response to certain triggers discussed later in the assessment. The somatic components of this onset of symptoms include an accelerated heart rate, profuse sweating and noticeable trembling.
"Oscar's familial circumstances offer both challenge and promise. The latter of these is so because his parents are exceptionally loving, supportive and present during the rehabilitative process. They offer a meaningful support system to the subject as he attempts to confront the conditions being assessed. The fact that Oscar's parents are both maintenance workers though does suggest that he might confront some socioeconomic challenges in receiving the long-term assistance which he might require or simply coping in the long run with the realities of his condition."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Goldfinger, K. & Pomerantz, A.M. (2009). Psychological Assessment and Report Writing. Sage Publications.
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Post-Discharge Combat Stress Evaluations (2012, August 31) Retrieved February 21, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/post-discharge-combat-stress-evaluations-151709/
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