Battered Woman Syndrome Case Study

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Background Mariam is a 42 year old woman who has recently been admitted to the Walayat Women’s Prison Facility in Shar-e-Nau, Afghanistan. Police records indicate that she was arrested for the death of her husband. Mariam does not dispute the police record. Physically, Mariam presents with a wide range of bruises over her body and several broken teeth. She stated these injuries were inflicted by her husband. There is a history of epilepsy in her mother, and a series of personal miscarriages. No psychiatric conditions were noted. There is no history of any type of substance use or abuse. Mariam grew up in a remote clearing on the outskirts of Gul Daman, Afghanistan. She is the only child of her mother. Her mother was the daughter of…show more content…
The criteria for a post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis is that the person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others; the person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. The traumatic event should be of a type that would cause significant symptoms or distress in almost anyone and that the event was outside the range of the usual human experience. The disorder can appear any time from several months to many years after the traumatic event. The four criteria for a diagnosis of battered woman syndrome are that the woman believes that the violence was her fault and she is unable to place responsibility for the violence elsewhere. She fears for her life and/or the lives of her loved ones, and she has the irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and…show more content…
I believe it is important to get to the root of the problem and deal directly with it. In the case of PTSD, the root is the trauma experienced. Once we learn how to deal with our feelings about the traumatic event, we can move forward in learning how to control the thoughts and feelings that can cause us stress relating to the event. This can be done very effectively through cognitive-behavioral therapy, where the emphasis is on learning why we respond the way we do and learning new, less distressing ways to respond. Through learning, we can become better equipped to handle stress in a constructive manner. The use of psychotropic drug therapy for depression allows us to get past the overwhelming feelings of sadness and despair. It helps relieve stress about feeling depressed and affords the cognitive therapy a better chance for success. The two treatments together provide the clout necessary to beat a potentially devastating

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