Throughout this course, you have gained an understanding of the variety of types of crises that can affect and impact the lives of diverse populations. For this assignment, you will review the case study below and write a 2-3 page expository essay explaining how crises affect individuals with physical disability and/or mental illness. Your assignment should be supported throughout by references to the readings.
Allison is a 35-year-old Caucasian female who is a disabled veteran that recently lost her job due to a declining state of mental health. Allison has suffered from PTSD for over 10 years. Allison was originally diagnosed with PTSD after returning from combat overseas from the Middle East by the VA and was given an honorable discharge. Allison had incurred a vast amount of trauma throughout her years as a military member including sexual assault by an older service member. Allison has attended mental health treatment at the VA on and off over the last 10 years. Allison has not disclosed the sexual assault with the VA due to shame and fear of retaliation from the military.
Describe how a human service professional would use the biopsychosocial model to assess Allisons needs.
Discuss two types of crises that may have led to Allisons diagnosis of PTSD. Define PTSD and identify three symptoms that Allison may be experiencing because of it.
Explain what level of distress and impairment of functioning Allison may be exhibiting.
Identify one type of disability that Allison may have. Explain how the disability may be impacting her life psychologically, physically and socially (biopsychosocial standpoint).
Discuss how the military culture has either positively or negatively influenced Allisons well-being.