Psychiatric Observation Paper

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On September 24, 2015, from approximately 2:10-2:40 pm, I observed a female patient in the atrium. The patient was around 16 or 17 years old, and had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). Ambulation was not impaired by physical factors; however, the patient wore a mask and had difficulties with stamina and breathing during her time in the atrium. At first the patient spent time in the teen lounge with staff members and other patients, but later her father joined her in the open areas of the atrium. There were no signs of developmental delay or impaired ambulation. From my observations, I classified the patient to be an adolescent and considered her chronological age to match her developmental status upon observation through her social…show more content…
Role Confusion. This stage is characterized as a time where children establish a sense of self-identity and independence through their own explorations. In the hospital setting, this stage is also illustrated by expression of individuality through appearance, activities, and interacting with their peers and the hospital staff. From my observations, the patient fit this description. The patient was able to use her independence and spend time alone self-occupying herself while waiting for her father. The patient explored the teen lounge for an activity and created jewelry. Not only does this show exploration of the environment, but it also shows that the patient was expressing her independence, self-identity, and style. While in the teen lounge, the patient was willing to work with and communicate with the staff and her peers; she seemed to be sociable. This shows that the patient was continuing to develop relationships and interact with both her peers and adults. A major concern for this age group in the hospital is the separation from peers, which does not seem to be impacting this patient. The patient also asserted her independence and self-identity through her appearance. Rather than being dressed in a hospital gown, the patient had control over her wardrobe and wore an oversized t-shirt with fashionable pants. This patient seems to have developed identity and

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