Case Study the Machinest/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Insomnia

1599 Words Jul 12th, 2013 7 Pages
Abnormal psychology is the study of abnormal behavior, thoughts and emotions. There are many people with mental disorders that never get treated. It is very important to make correct diagnoses when diagnosing a patient. Accurate diagnosing will insure that the individual is receiving the best treatment possible. The earlier mental illnesses are detected they easier they are to treat. It should always be ones priority to function as normal as possible and get back on track. Educating people on their disorder and treatment options will give them a better understanding of their condition and what they can do to stay healthy and recover to normal.

I am going to be writing a psychological case study on Trevor Reznik from the Machinist. I
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It is quite apparent that he suffers from chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Severe or chronic insomnia can be caused by depression, anxiety, severe or chronic stress . Trevor had complained to me that he was also having headaches and feeling irritated. I believe Ivan is a hallucination caused by Trevors lack of sleep. He is beginning to lose touch with reality and fantasy. Trevor problems with concentrating, anxiety, paranoia and anorexia are also symptoms from his insomnia disorder. The exact trigger of Trevors insomnia is unknown. It may possibly be work, environmental issues or something he has blocked out. He refused to undergo hypnosis at this time.

I am going to recommend that Trevor continue to seek psychological counsel. It will be beneficial for him to get cognitive behavioral therapy. To treat him effectively it is important that we can understand the root of his sleep problems and show him how to deal with things in a more constructive and positive way. We hope to reduce his interrupted sleep pattern so as time proceeds he will stay asleep. A few lifestyle changes can make all the difference. If behavioral therapy does not benefit Trevor he may be prescribed sleep medication along with continued therapy. I also recommend that he seek the advice of a medical professional.

A few days before Trevor was to begin his treatment I received a call from

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