Case Studies

PCN-610 Option 2: Case Studies

David is a 49-year-old married man with two adult children. He has been married for 21 years. He has been employed as a metallurgical engineer in a local steel mill for 20 years. David noted he use to enjoyment going to work, but now, he states some days he would rather just stay home. David married his high school sweetheart. He describes their relationship as “typical.” They eat meals and attend family gatherings together but do little else as a couple. David use to spend his spare time reading, playing golf, and watching TV. For the last 6 months, David has felt blue and his appetite has decreased. He stated he doesn’t have any desire to do any of things he use to enjoy and would rather spend time alone in his bedroom. David complained of irritability and low energy. Within the last 2 months, David noted he has experienced more physical pain in his back and neck area. Because he has not been sleeping well, Robert drinks more at night. He stated that when he was younger, he use to drink more frequently but now he only drinks two or three beers per night. Sometimes, he feels like life is hardly worth living. Robert has tried to “snap himself” out of this sour mood, but nothing seems to work. David oldest son stated he is concerned his father may need to go see a doctor, because his father appears to be acting usual. David stated that his sister used to have similar problems. He is resistant to going to see a doctor and believes his mood will eventually improve.

David’s sister Lisa has struggled with depression for over 10 years. She is currently seeing a psychiatrist and a counselor. In the past, Lisa reported an increase in emotional and physical fatigue, low mood, increased weight gain, and disrupted sleep. Lisa has a negative outlook and states that when things are looking up, something always goes terribly wrong.

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