Assignment Based on the Case of Ellen

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PSYCHOSOCIALPERSPECTIVES OF HEALTHAND ILLNESS
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1CASE STUDY DYNAMICS- IDENTIFICATION OF KEY ISSUES..........................................1Issues............................................................................................................................................2EXPERT OPINION- ANALYSIS OF ISSUES..............................................................................2CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................5RECOMMENDATIONS.................................................................................................................7REFERENCES................................................................................................................................9
INTRODUCTION People have different perspectives regarding health and illness. Psychosocial perspectivescomprise of cultural, social and attitudinal factors that influence the responses of an individualregarding health transitions. Further, these perspectives determine the conditions that encourageindividuals to function independently and maintain their health (Scott, Wideman and Sullivan,2014). While practicing health promotion and rehabilitation, these perspectives require specialattention. The present report is a case study assignment based on the case of Ellen who is a 40year old married woman and sustained severe whiplash in a motor vehicle accident. The presentcase study analysis identifies the key issues that require attention in relation to Ellen’s case.Further, these issues have been analysed in depth. Lastly, the report identifies relevant strategiesthat could be put in place to resolve the identified issues. The case study analysis also mentionsabout expert opinions regarding various issues associated with Ellen’s case. CASE STUDY DYNAMICS- IDENTIFICATION OF KEY ISSUESEllen, who is married for nine years and of 40 years of age, sustained a severe neck injuryin a motor vehicle accident. Being a qualified architect, she supported the family financially untilher injury which made her suffer severe pain. It was observed that being a mother of an eightyear old daughter, Ellen’s accident has not only affected her but also her family. As the whiplashwould have affected their physical ability adversely, she would not have been able to full herresponsibilities and duties towards her husband and daughter as she was doing before.Observations suggest that for one year, she may have been assisted by her husband and others inthe family to such as extent which made her over- dependent on them. Further, observationsindicate that perhaps she is too tired and upset regarding the neuropathic pain which seems to bedifficult to manage thus adding to her dependence on others. Though Ellen has made efforts totry a number of medications so that she to return back to her normal life but these have notprovided considerable relief to her. Hence, it can be observed that the client wants to recover andtake up her responsibilities but the pain is acting as a barrier in doing so. Further, the family is suffering from financial issues as Ellen is unable to take up her roleas the bread winner. Hence, it can be interpreted that she is struggling to support her husband infinancial problems that family is going through. This could have affected her husband as well as1
he not only has the responsibility of taking care of Ellen but also to bring income to the family.Observations made indicate that all these problems have made Ellen feel very low andexperience sleeping problems. Most important observation made was that she is upset aboutfailure to fulfil the responsibilities as a mother as she is no longer able to accompany herdaughter in various school and social activities. This has reduced the time that Ellen spent withher daughter. Another important observation in Ellen’s case was lack of affection in therelationship with her husband. IssuesFollowing are some of the major issues that have been identified in Ellen’s case:Being a married woman, Ellen has psychosocial need of obtaining affection from herhusband. However, her husband seems distracted which has been identified as an issue inthe case. Another psychosocial need of Ellen is regarding mental health and belongingness.However, the issue is that as she is incapable of accompanying her daughter, hence, thisneed is being unattended. There is lack of interaction among the client and familymembers. Further, the anxiousness about supporting the family financially is affectingEllen’s mental health as it is acting as a burden on her. Lack of support and burden of financial problems has led to issues of mental health inEllen such as sad mood and sleeping disorders. Social, cultural and ethnic identity needs are associated cultural and ethnic environmentof the client. In the present case, Ellen is not able to return to work properly whichsuggests that the illness has affected her job status. Non-treatable neuropathic pain is another issue identified in the case that may beaffecting the client adversely. Overdependence on family members is another issue identified in Ellen’s case. EXPERT OPINION- ANALYSIS OF ISSUES Ellen suffers from incurable neuropathic pain. She has made efforts and taken a numberof different medications but these have not relieved her pain. According to Pain ManagementHealth Center (2016), whiplash may damage several intervertebral joints, ligaments, discs,ligaments, cervical muscles. This results in pain in neck, shoulder, lower back and arm. North2

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