Title

Unresolved PTSD in a Hispanic Woman Presenting with Test Anxiety

Abstract

This article illustrates the unique symptom presentation and outpatient treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a Hispanic female. The patient was referred to therapy to address problems with concentration and difficulties related to test-taking. A motivational interviewing-based assessment was conducted and the case was conceptualized in a cognitive- behavioral framework. After resolution of test-taking anxiety, additional anxiety symptoms emerged, including subclinical panic disorder and evidence of unresolved PTSD. Prolonged Exposure was initiated to successfully treat residual trauma-related symptoms. Recommendations for assessment and treatment of individuals with a trauma history are provided, with an emphasis on the need for sensitivity to cultural issues.

Department(s)

Psychological Science

Keywords and Phrases

Amfebutamone; Duloxetine; Escitalopram, Adult; Anxiety; Beck Anxiety Inventory; Case Report; Cognitive Therapy; Cultural Factor; Depression; Drug Withdrawal; Female; Hispanic; Human; Interview; Long Term Exposure; Mental Concentration; Motivation; Nausea; Panic; Partner Violence; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Psychoeducation; Psychotherapy; Review; Symptom; Motivational Interviewing; Test Anxiety; Unresolved PTSD

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

15346501

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2009 SAGE Publications Inc., All rights reserved.


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