“Depression or Dementia?” Case Study: Sr. Moira
Lukenotes, Winter 2016 Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives Though retired from teaching, Sr. Moira continued to stop in at the parish school almost daily. At first this was fine, but then she began to become disruptive.   Always a bit strong-willed, Sr. Moira was getting into more conflicts with school staff and within her community. She also seemed to be having trouble remembering things. She would blame others for conflicts, and become angry quickly. It came to a head after she refused to ...
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Depression or Dementia?
Lukenotes, Winter 2016 Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives As individuals age, behaviors often change, but the cause may not be clear. For example, depression and dementia often present similar symptoms on the surface. Neuropsychological assessment, which involves the study of brain-behavior relationships, is an important tool for making a differential diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders.   It utilizes tests that evaluate a broad range of cognitive skills. These include intellectual ...
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“Which Therapy?” Case Study: Sr. Patty
Lukenotes, Fall 2016 Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives   “I’m only here for evaluation. I haven’t decided yet on treatment,” Sister Patty told her evaluation chairperson, who had just explained the Saint Luke Institute evaluation process and how it is utilized to help guide treatment recommendations.   Sr. Patty went on to explain that she already had completed two residential treatment programs for alcoholism at other centers and was not convinced a third ...
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Which Therapy?
Lukenotes, Fall 2016 Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives How can two people referred for the same problem, such as depression, receive two very different treatment recommendations? Why is residential treatment recommended for one and outpatient therapy for the other?   A clinician’s task is to determine the modality and level of care she or he believes will lead to the best outcome for the client.   Clinicians use a multifaceted decision matrix that ...
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Relapse Recovery Case Study: Fr. Tim
Lukenotes, Summer 2016Main article | PDF for download (article + case study)Lukenotes archivesPastor of a large suburban parish for over a decade, Father Tim was highly respected by his fellow priests for his ability to balance pastoral and administrative responsibilities. He was known for putting people first and had an open-office policy for staff and parishioners.He often shared his personal story. While in his 20s (before he became a priest), he gambled, rationalizing ...
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Relapse Recovery
Lukenotes, Summer 2016Companion case study | PDF for download (article + case study)Lukenotes archivesWhen a priest or religious completes residential treatment at Saint Luke Institute, the achievement is celebrated with a commissioning liturgy. Though this may seem like a conclusion, it is more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book. Successful recovery is an ongoing journey that requires vigilance and care. In fact, an important part of commissioning is ...
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