Post Traumatic Stress Case Study

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The clinical population that I have selected to examine in this assignment are veterans and particularly those dealing with trauma associated with Post Traumatic Stress or as it is referred to with the symbols of PTSD (“PTSD,” n.d.). This disorder can develop in individuals who have seen or actually been involved in an event that causes them great emotional distress. While this disorder is not limited to those in the military, it has been so recognized that the unique needs of this population has been the topic of numerous publications and studies (“Returning Home From Iraq and Afghanistan,” 2014).
Within this population studies have pointed out the disparagement between the dreams involving nightmares experienced by the general public
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10-12, 2012) where people are plotting against you, and Ego where the dreamer express falling short of society’s expectations.
I would incorporate the finds into the dreamwork experience by using the instrument to further examination of the dreamers dream journal. As Sparrow (2013) suggested the focus away from the content to the interactive process, dreamwork, I would be applying the goals of the sessions, to lead the dreamer into dialogue with her dream, at her pace, interaction with the group, staying with the dream, and keeping the therapeutic process in her hands (p. 193).
As discussed by Schredl (2013) the attitude toward dreams can affect how they recall the dream(s). The study that was discussed involved over 2019 (1,135 women, 884 men) subjects in Germany, so there are some cultural issues that need to be remembered. The demographic included age, gender, education, social class (included income), profession of the head of the house hold, marital status, and place of residence. The study used two scales. One was a 7-point scales for eliciting dream recall frequency scales; 0=Never, 1=Very rarely, 2=Several times a year, 3=About once a month, 4=About once in 2 weeks, 5=About once a week, and 6=Several times a week. The second scale measured the frequency of negatively-toned dreams (“How often do you remember negatively-toned
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41.36% of the participants stated that they liked dreaming, and that they viewed dreams as recreational and diverting, 53.76% of the sample stated that dreams are nonsense and that they pay no attention to them, and 18.23% of the sample checked both items (Schredl, 2013, p. 3).
Gender and socioeconomic status also seemed to pay a role in dreaming. Gender differences with women reporting more positive attitudes toward dreams; women: 45.73% vs. men: 35.75% (Schredl, 2013, p.3). As with gender, people with lower socioeconomic status reported a more positive attitude toward dreaming. In summary, if you have positive dreams you tend to like dreaming. The study did not include military or trauma.
In my own practice these findings offer several benefits in using dreamwork. I would incorporate the findings into the dreamwork experience by using some aspects of Yu’s instrument in further examination of the dreamers dream journal. As Sparrow (2013) suggested the focus away from the content to the interactive process, dreamwork. Additionally, the information about attitude toward dreams and dream recall can assist in encouraging more recall, based on attitude toward dreaming and the difference between male and female

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