Case Studies

Case Studies

Andrew

Andrew, an 8 year old boy came to the clinic with his parents as they were worried about his aggressive behaviour at home. He did not follow instructions, hit his siblings and they thought that he may have ADHD.

Our child psychologist discussed these problems with his parents, conducted some assessments and discovered that the family needed some assistance with behaviour management.

The psychologist worked together with both parents and developed a parenting program which included some education about routines, consistency and developing some consequences to manage negative behaviour, and encourage positive behaviour.

After only 4 visits, Andrew’s parents felt more confident in managing Andrew’s behaviour which quickly improved, and no further intervention was required for the family.

Molly

Molly recently had her first child, moved to the Sunshine Coast with her husband and away from her extended family and friends.

She felt teary after the birth, and then felt increasingly more upset, isolated and anxious as the weeks went by. Molly did not feel that she could confide about her feelings to anyone, as she was worried that it was not normal to resent her new baby. The baby took hours to go to sleep, did not feed easily and then only slept for a short time.

Finally, Molly went to see the Child Health Nurse and she referred Molly to our perinatal team.

Over the next few weeks, Molly's mood slowly improved with the chance to talk about her feelings and normalise her experience. Our psychologist provided her with various tools to manage her negative thinking and to improve her moods.

Molly also joined the PND support group and found that she was not alone.

JILL

Jill has 3 young children, and went to see her GP as she was having panic attacks.

She had recently had a car accident, and although she wasn't hurt, she was too scared to go out in the car, in case she had another accident, and she was especially fearful of her children getting hurt.

Jill spent most of her time at home with the children, and spent hours cleaning and organising the house. She realised that she was spending less time with the children, and was feeling resentful if they demanded her time or made a mess in the house.

Jill spoke of experiencing physical feelings, like tightening in the chest, dizziness and shortness of breath. She also explained that her thoughts would race, and that she would imagine the worst happening.

One of our psychologists and Jill worked together to reduce her physical symptoms and to manage her unhealthy thinking patterns.

A couple of months later, Jill was able to enjoy a normal life, spend more time relaxed and playing with her children.