Discussion: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
It is estimated that more than 6% of the U.S. population
will experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime
(National Center for PTSD, 2010). This debilitating disorder often interferes
with an individual’s ability to function in daily life. Common symptoms of
anxiousness and depression frequently lead to substance abuse issues and even
physical ailments. For this Discussion, as you examine the Thompson Family Case
Study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and
treat clients presenting with PTSD.
Assess clients presenting with posttraumatic stress disorder
Analyze therapeutic approaches for treating clients
presenting with posttraumatic stress disorder
Evaluate outcomes for clients with posttraumatic stress
Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the
insights they provide.
View the media Academic Year in Residence: Thompson Family
Case Study, and assess the client in the case study.
For guidance on assessing the client, refer to pages 137–142
of the Wheeler text in this week’s Learning Resources.
Note: To complete this Discussion, you must assess the
client, but you are not required to submit a formal Comprehensive Client
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your
initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’
postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link
and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post.
Remember, once you click Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and
cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking
By Day 3
Post on or before Day 3 an explanation of your observations
of the client William in Thompson Family Case Study, including behaviors that
align to the PTSD criteria in DSM-5. Then, explain therapeutic approaches you
might use with this client, including psychotropic medications if appropriate.
Finally, explain expected outcomes for the client based on these therapeutic
approaches. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.