Coping with stress

A 28-year-old soldier returns from Iraq and begins experiencing periodic bouts of anxiety. She complains that she wakes up frequently and cannot get a full night of sleep. Recently, she also has been getting frequent headaches and noticed a few ulcers in her mouth. A physical examination and lab tests do not reveal any local or systemic disease.

Discussion Questions

Based on the patient history and the signs and symptoms, discuss how stress is related to her condition.
Discuss other stress-related problems that this patient might experience if her coping strategies are not effective.
Discuss the potential strategies for coping with the stress.

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