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Sue Vandenberg

51 year old female with significant history of sexual, emotional and physical abuse, alcohol dependence from age 12 and multiple psychiatric diagnoses.

Introduction to Client

Patient is a 51 year old woman with a significant history of childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse by family members. Alcohol dependent from age 12, sexually abused as a teenager. Married and divorced three times to sexually and emotionally abusive men. Three children to two of these partners. 13 voluntary and involuntary admissions to mental health facilities from age 18 to age 43. Multiple psychiatric diagnoses, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder. Multiple psychotropic drugs. Sober for the last 14 years after inpatient alcohol rehab. Patient has seen many psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals over the years and had multiple forms of psychotherapy. Patient also had many complex physical conditions, including a brain aneurysm, and unexplained fatigue, collapses and muscular spasms.

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