Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Substance Abuse
Franklin D. Williams, Jr.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Substance Abuse
The paper will give an overview of the character, Tony Soprano, and his mental diagnosis. The paper will integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques used to treat the diagnosis presented by Tony Soprano and discuss current treatment and interventions used by cognitive behavior therapists to assist clients with the presenting diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Substance Abuse.
Tony Soprano (Brief Patient History)
Tony Soprano is an Italian-American male in his mid-fifties. Mr. Soprano poses as a night/strip club owner but in actuality he is the leader of the DeMeo crime family in New Jersey. Mr. Soprano grew up in a dysfunctional home. Anthony John “Tony” Soprano was born into an Italian-American family in the early 1950’s. Unfortunately, Tony was born in a dysfunctional family, with his father being a major criminal within the mafia. Although Tony realizes what his father and uncle (Junior) do for a living, he still idolizes his father. While Tony has witnessed some gruesome crimes, he accepts it as a way of life. His relationship with his mother is strained due to his father’s constant criminal activity and infidelity. Tony has his first experience with post traumatic stress after a criminal activity he was involved with causes him to lose his memory and black out. While Tony has had several sporadic incidences in which he had to deal with the event, he managed to stay functional. However, as his position in the family becomes more stressful, Tony begins to have panic attacks and eventually experiences a blackout. This episode causes Tony to seek medical treatment. After conducting several tests, medical specialists perceive that Tony’s symptoms are not due to any biological causes. Doctors refer Tony for psychiatric services. Tony was seen...