Case Presentation

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To demonstrate the Existential theory, the case of Samantha will be presented and examined.

Samantha (30) was married for 5 years, and after 2 years she gave birth to a daughter. Her husband was loving and attentive during the first 3 years of marriage, then he suddenly started abusing Samantha both verbally and physically. For the first year Samantha denied that there was a problem, but it kept getting worse. After 5 years of marriage and 2 years of the abusive behavior Samantha filed for and was granted a divorce. Her husband has not been a problem since the divorce because of Samantha's support group of strong family and good friends.

Samantha has been divorced now for 4 years. During the first 2 years after he divorce, Samantha did not date. Samantha really did not want anything to do with men, as she felt that she could not trust men. She felt that she did not need a man in her life, and she was convinced that she could and would live the remainder of her life alone and celebant. Then she met Bob. Bob was a very nice person, he appeared to have strong family values and really liked Samantha and her daughter. Samantha started to date Bob, and after a few months of dating they began to have sexual relations. After about 6 more months, they began to have problems and went their separate ways.

Samantha had a physical examination, and as part of the exam there was a blood test. She was asked if she wanted an AIDS test, and at first she thought that there was no reason for one, but then she decided to have one anyway. The physical exam shown Samantha to be in very good physical health, however she is HIV positive

Samantha's first reaction to the news was that it could not be true. She had the hospital run another test. She did not believe that she could have AIDS, she did not want to have AIDS, she was afraid for herself, and for her daughter. Among her first thoughts were, "Who is going to take care of Tina?" The result of the AIDS test was confirmed in the second test.

When Samantha presented herself for counseling and was exhibiting extreme fatigue, she reports a weight loss of 25 pounds in the past 3 months and she reports that she is not dieting. She also exhibits a low of self-worth, low self-esteem. She looks like a beaten person, her clothing was rumpled and she looked very uncared for.



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