A Divorced Mother


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Executive Summary

Thepurpose of this study is to provide a case summary of Susan, adivorced mother of three currently facing depression. The nursingprofessional is charged with the responsibility of providingassistance to such patients whenever they arise. This paper findsthat Susan is a depressed person and is facing stress from herdivorce. The relationship between depression and stress after divorcewill be used to provide a solution to Susan’s case.


Fromthe conditions of Susan, a divorced mother of three children thatinclude sleepless nights, high blood pressure and too much smokingand drinking heavily, she seems to be suffering from post-traumaticpressure caused by the stress she had during the divorce incident.Her condition is coming after divorce is an indicator that she issuffering from stress caused by post-traumatic pressure. It is thisstress that has given her sleepless nights with a headache occurringrepeatedly.


Themain problem with Susan is a post-traumatic stress that results fromher divorce. Having divorced her husband, Susan is facing several alot of stress and is always thinking about her previous marriage. Herchildren’s future and how they will have to live with a singleparent with memories of her husband makes her sleepless anddisturbed.

Analternative solution to Susan’s problem is to find a marriagecounselor advice Susan on how to overcome the effects of her divorceand how to live positively by overcoming the challenges she iscurrently facing. Susan should particular be put under psychiatrictreatment science her case is more of a psychiatric problem than amedical condition. She should also be given some drugs to relieve herfrom a headache she is suffering from and perhaps help her fallasleep (McCubbin &amp Figley, 2013).

Althoughthe psychiatric intervention, guidance and counseling and provisionsof painkiller drugs would provide some help to Susan, this help willnot be without challenges. The disadvantage of providing painkillersis that they provide a short term solution to Susan. As a result,Susan may come back to her problems after a short while. However,guidance and counseling may be beneficial in the sense that it wouldprovide Susan with an opportunity to forget her memories but shemight end up viewing her previous husband as a thorn in her life thusinfluencing her ability to regain from the divorce (Weiner, 2014).


In conclusion, Susan hassuffered from high blood pressure, sleepless night and headache dueto the kind of stress she is undergoing after her divorce. The moveto start drinking and smoking is as a result of depression which hasmade her a desperate single mother. She can only be helped through apsychiatric intervention so that she is counseled to accept hercurrent status and move one without any memory of her husband. Thiswill not only help her give her three children good life but alsoprovide her children with better life without her husband.


Although there are several waysthrough which Susan can be assisted, not all the above-listed wayswill provide a good solution to her problems. As a result,rehabilitation would serve the best alternative since it will helpher come out of the alcohol and smoking habit she has adopted andalso help her understand that she can move one and live with herchildren as a single mother. I, therefore, recommend that she be putunder rehabilitation so that she can come out of her currentpredicament (Debra &amp Castaldo, 2013)


Theimplementation of the rehabilitation program should begin immediatelybefore it is too late. A professional counselor with experience inmarriage and psychiatric cases should be hired to offer services toSusan. This solution should last for about three months so that Susancompletely comes out of the current depression causing her headacheand sleepless nights..


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