Post Traumatic Stress Response Essay

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The claimant was a 54 year old female. On 01/18/2015, her husband reported that the claimant had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and shoulder and neck pain “to the point of exhaustion.” Therefore, her ability to process stress and daily issues was limited. She required help with all activities of daily living and with the house chores. She “toss, turn, moan with pain, yell when pain is to severe, awakes routinely, gets up, has nightmares, screams.” She was forgetful, had difficulty cooking, and needed reminders to take her medications. Her thought process was slow and gave up easily. She did not travel by herself, and did not use public transportation because of her PTSD. She was able to manage money, but she had memory issues, …show more content…
She complained of problems sleeping, nightmares, burry vision when the pain increased, and difficulty holding books. She also complained of weakness, numbness, and tremors in the left upper extremity. She reported difficulty with all activities of daily living, with concentration, memory, understanding and following directions, completing tasks, and getting along with people. She had anxiety attacks being around Hispanic males and anyone who had prison tattoos. She startled easily and had panic attacks when she was in …show more content…
She reported that an inmate assaulted her on 12/22/2011, while she was working as a correctional officer. It was a life threatening assault and at least 200 violent offenders surrounded her. Since then she had nightmares and other problems sleeping, was depressed and anxious, had recurrent flashbacks related to the assault, had problems with memory and concentration, and chronic pain. The tests scores indicated that she had severe depression, severe anxiety, and PTSD. The psychologist indicated that the claimant’s medical and mental health issues were caused by her work related assault; she was unable to work any job at that time and should be considered “totally

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