Content warning: Physical abuse, depression, drug use
David lives with his mother and younger sister. His dad has been out of his life for several years due to incarceration because of selling drugs. David was often exposed to his father’s behavior at home. He was also the target of his father’s anger when he would deflect the abuse directed at his sister and mother. He couldn’t talk about how he felt when his father left, but he was relieved.
Lately, David has felt unusually fatigued and he finds it increasingly difficult to concentrate at school. He shows several signs of being depressed as well as symptoms consistent with directly experiencing traumatic events. David’s mother has noticed the changes as well. He has little interest in his homelife and has difficulty falling asleep, often just sleeping about four hours each night.
Although he has not considered suicide, David has an increasing lack of interest in activities that he used to enjoy. He focuses on his music and has begun to experiment with drug use.
His therapist at The Bridge has used cognitive behavior therapy techniques in order to address David’s thoughts and behaviors. David has started to learn anger management strategies such as deep breathing and recognizing his triggering places, situations and people. He has also received counseling on the dangers of drug use. His therapist has continues to work with him on activities to help him become aware of his thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and to enact change to become more successful in his future.