Unresolved PTSD in a Hispanic woman presenting with test anxiety

TitleUnresolved PTSD in a Hispanic woman presenting with test anxiety
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHenslee, AM, Schumacher, JA, Holloman, G, Coffey, SF
JournalClinical Case Studies
PublisherSage Publications
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1534-65011552-3802
Accession Number2009-11557-007. First Author & Affiliation: Henslee, Amber M.
KeywordsHispanic woman, Latinos/Latinas, motivational interviewing, motivational interviewing assessment, outpatient treatment, posttraumatic stress disorder, test anxiety

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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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