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Unresolved PTSD in a Hispanic Woman Presenting with Test Anxiety
Clinical Case Studies
  • Amber M. Henslee, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Julie A. Schumacher
  • Garland H. Holloman
  • Scott Franklin Coffey

This article illustrates the unique symptom presentation and outpatient treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a Hispanic female. The patient was referred to therapy to address problems with concentration and difficulties related to test-taking. A motivational interviewing-based assessment was conducted and the case was conceptualized in a cognitive- behavioral framework. After resolution of test-taking anxiety, additional anxiety symptoms emerged, including subclinical panic disorder and evidence of unresolved PTSD. Prolonged Exposure was initiated to successfully treat residual trauma-related symptoms. Recommendations for assessment and treatment of individuals with a trauma history are provided, with an emphasis on the need for sensitivity to cultural issues.

Psychological Science
Keywords and Phrases
  • Amfebutamone,
  • Duloxetine,
  • Escitalopram, Adult,
  • Anxiety,
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory,
  • Case Report,
  • Cognitive Therapy,
  • Cultural Factor,
  • Depression,
  • Drug Withdrawal,
  • Female,
  • Hispanic,
  • Human,
  • Interview,
  • Long Term Exposure,
  • Mental Concentration,
  • Motivation,
  • Nausea,
  • Panic,
  • Partner Violence,
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
  • Psychoeducation,
  • Psychotherapy,
  • Review,
  • Symptom,
  • Motivational Interviewing,
  • Test Anxiety,
  • Unresolved PTSD
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
File Type
© 2009 SAGE Publications Inc., All rights reserved.
Publication Date
Citation Information
Amber M. Henslee, Julie A. Schumacher, Garland H. Holloman and Scott Franklin Coffey. "Unresolved PTSD in a Hispanic Woman Presenting with Test Anxiety" Clinical Case Studies Vol. 8 Iss. 4 (2009) p. 340 - 350 ISSN: 15346501
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