|Purpose:||Analyze and apply critical thinking skills in the psychopathology of mental health patients and provide treatment and health promotion while applying evidence-based research.|
|Scenario:||Jax is a 66-year-old Caucasian female whose wife has encouraged her to seek treatment. She has never been in therapy before, and has no history of depression or anxiety. However, her alcohol use has recently been getting in the way of her marriage, and interfering with her newly-retired life. She describes drinking increasing amounts over the last year, currently consuming approximately a six-pack of beer per day. She notes that this amount “doesn’t give me the same buzz as it used to.” She denies ever experiencing “the shakes” or any other withdrawal symptoms if she skips a day of drinking.
Jax comments that her wife is her biggest motivation to decrease her alcohol use. She tells Jax that she gets argumentative and irritable when she drinks, though she does not always remember these incidents. She has also fallen while intoxicated twice, causing bruises both times and hitting her head on one of the occasions.
|Questions:||Remember to answer these questions from your textbooks and NP guidelines. At all times, explain your answers.
1. Describe the presenting problems/issues. Is there any information that was not provided that you would need to formulate a diagnosis?
3. What physiological and psychological processes lead to substance dependence?
- Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
- You should respond to at least two of your peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts. Your reply posts are worth 2 points (1 point per response.)
- All replies must be constructive and use literature where possible.
- Please post your initial response by 11:59 PM ET Thursday, and comment on the posts of two classmates by 11:59 PM ET Sunday.
The connection between addiction and substance abuse has a genetic component, which runs in the family, and can be passed down generations. Other people become addicted to substances for several reasons, including physiological and psychological factors. Some psychological factors include stress, history of trauma, or even peer pressure (McHugh & Weiss, 2019). Others are affected by physiological factors such as accessibility of a substance, low cost of the drugs, presence of family members abusing substances.