Generalized Anxiety Disorder (CBT)

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According to the DSM V, Casey seems to not only have cases of anxiety and depression; but she seems to have a moderate/severe form of generalized anxiety disorder. GAD is defined as a pattern of recurrent and persistent worrying for at least 6 months at a time. Another frequent symptom of GAD includes feelings of nervousness about everyday events (2016). Generalized anxiety disorder is not only focused on one issue/factor but it is surrounded by several factors that interfere with the daily functioning of an individual. This would be my diagnostic impression of what is going on with my client. Casey’s anxiety and depression seems to worsen during times of stress and coping with everyday issues of adulthood. This often leads Casey to start …show more content…
CBT is a psychotherapy treatment that is hands on, short term, and goal oriented. According to Stewart and Chambless, this technique works well with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders (2009). Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the aspect of how the emotions one may have negative emotions about certain topics, events, or even cognitions will cause an occurrence of anxiety or any other related disorder. The goal of CBT is to change various responses individuals may have that triggers anxiety, and focus less on the responses and more on the feeling aspect (2009). Cognitive behavioral therapy asserts that one’s reactions towards certain events can trigger anxiety. An aspect of cognitive behavioral therapy includes though challenging. Though challenging is the process in which an individual replaces negative emotions and reactions with more positive ones, this not only keeps the individual relaxed but it decreases the chance of …show more content…
Due to the high prevalence of depression and anxiety a treatment needed to be created surrounding these disorders, this is where the Tree Theme Method comes from according to Gunnarsson, and Björklund (2013). The Tree Theme Method is an intervention that is formulated on creating activities and storytelling. This method uses creative activities as a psychosocial intervention method. Creative activities can be defined as tasks or actions steps taken in order to create meaningful ways of experiencing a realistic perception, including the clients own self. The Tree Theme Method allows for clients to draw and paint trees which are symbols of various low-points in their life. According to Gunnarsson, and Björklund, the images are then used as a starting point to tell their storybook beginning and ending in order to enhance the way they see negative influences and to increase their wellbeing and management of their everyday life. This study aims to evaluate if changes have been made amongst the client regarding her well-being and everyday situations, between starting point and the end of her session of the Tree Theme Method therapy. Three years after the intervention has been completed, there will be a follow up to see if the anxiety and/or depression still persisted. Overtime Gunnarrson and Björklund, stated that the client’s wellbeing improved and their psychological problems decreased

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