Case Study Branda

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Branda is a 20-year-old Caucasian female. While looking at history I notice that Branda’s family was middle class however, Branda’s family was forced to down grade when Branda was nine. At nine years, old Branda and her family moved into a trailer park. Branda began trying to make friends but found it difficult, the only friends she was able to make were those involved in gangs. When Branda was ten one of her best, friends committed suicide because he felt as though no one cared. Again, at age fifteen another of her friends committed suicide after being bullied at school. Branda had a difficult time dealing with the pain that she felt from the loss and she was hospitalized for eight days. At nineteen, her family was forced to move in with her grandmother whom she does not get along with. When Branda began using drugs at nineteen her family attempted to help her. At age twenty, her grandmother for bringing drugs into the house kicked her out. Branda began blaming everyone for her trouble. Finally, three months after being kicked out, she asked her parents for help and they had her go to drug rehab. Branda’s family on both sides shows mental illness. Branda has been referred to therapy after severely cutting herself, which caused her to be hospitalized. Branda appears to be withdrawn and unwilling to communicate. After waiting several minutes, Branda begins to speak rapidly. Branda states how she hates having to be here, she feels angry and irritable. Branda is complaining of having a headache. Branda is ranting about how her parents had put her in the hospital twice before for becoming uncontrollable and cutting herself. The second time she went to Oakland she was six and she was there for two weeks to get her stabilized. The thi... ... middle of paper ... I recommend that Branda receive medication and I have recommended her to a psychiatrist who I have worked with. In addition, I recommend family therapy to help the family be supportive of each other. Through, family therapy they will learn how to tell the signs of an imminent episode or relapse. The family will be taught how to use communication skills to help Branda cope and to stop negative feelings. The family will be shown problem-solving skills designed to help Branda cope with her bipolar disorder. The family will be taught steps to take when Branda is having a hard time dealing with her bipolar disorder. Branda will be able to make a full recovery if she follows through with the recommendations of individual and family therapy. In addition, I recommend that she be seen by a psychiatrist and be placed on medication to help her with her bipolar disorder.
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