Diagnoses

At the time of referral, C. N. endorsed the following DSM-IV symptoms of dysthymia: hypersomnia, low energy and fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, and feelings of hopelessness, in addition to depressed mood for most of the day for more days than not for 5 years. She met seven of nine criteria for BPD (five or more are required for diagnosis) at the time of referral: frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment; a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships (with mother, sisters, boyfriend); potentially self-damaging impulsivity (substance abuse, spending, reckless driving); recurrent suicidal attempts, gestures, or threats; affective instability due to marked reactivity of mood; chronic feelings of emptiness; and inappropriate, intense anger that is difficult to regulate. She endorsed several symptoms of sedative-hypnotic abuse: recurrent use resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligations at work and with family; recurrent use in physically hazardous situations (while driving); and continued use despite persistent fights with her boyfriend regarding her substance use.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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