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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Review the case study on page 119 as well as the treatment information on page 124 of the Abnormal Psychology text as resources for this discussion and consider a treatment plan for the client.

Use this outline to draft your treatment plan for the client:

1. Brief description of the client.

2. Presenting symptoms.

3. Key issues.

4. Short-term goals.

5. Long-term goals.

6. Recommended treatment approach. (Describe why you believe this would be an effective approach for the client. MFCT learners, please address a systemic perspective in your treatment approach using a family therapy model such as narrative, brief solution-focused, MRI, structural, strategic, or other systemic postmodern model.)

7. Three specific interventions or techniques drawn from your recommended approach that you would use to help the client reach the short- or long-term goals you noted. (Provide a brief description of the technique and state how it would help the client move toward the goal.)

8. Recommended other people to be included in the client's treatment process. Be sure to include how including this person would be helpful. If there is no one, please state that and explain why.
Cite two resources to support your treatment recommendations. These resources should be peer-reviewed articles, books about PTSD, or Web sites about PTSD that you have reviewed.

Class Book:
Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2011). Abnormal psychology (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780073382784.

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Hi student,

You did not present a case study; so I will provide you with some suggestions for presenting responses to the first part of your questions. You can then incorporate that information into your paper or presentation. You begin by explaining what Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is to your reader as described in the DSM-IV-TR (stated in part below).

*Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis (PTSD)

The diagnostic features of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder refers to, "The development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor involving clinical personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death, or serious injury....or violent death, serious harm or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or associate" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000, p.453).

*Note: If you used this paraphrased section from the DSM-IV-TR, if should be placed in a block quotation—no quotation marks. I used the quotes to let you know the words are lifted from the DSM-IV-TR—just paraphrased.

DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria needed to make a PTSD diagnosis (briefly paraphrased here)

.For a diagnosis Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (309.81) there are six categories, A, B, C, D, E, and F, respectively.

--Criterion A- the individual must have been exposed to a traumatic event with two episodes: (1) experience witness or confronted with events in which there were threats of, or actual death or serious injury to self and/or others.
--Criterion B. The event is a persistent experience in five areas that include: (1) a recurrence of the event; (2) recurrent distressing dreams,; (3) includes hallucinations, illusions and dissociative flashbacks in addition to feelings of recurring the event (s); (4) intense psychological distress after exposure to the event (internally and externally; and (5) physiological reactions after exposure to the traumatic event.
--Criterion C-Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma that was not noticed before. Must be experienced in 3 areas of the seven including: (1) efforts of avoidance (thoughts, feelings or conversations associated with the ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and a treatment intervention.