Analysis the following Case Study,
Sujata is now a sad and lonely girl. She has cut off herself from all her relatives and family friends. She doesn't participate in any college programmes nor family functions. She is mostly found in the library all by herself. She has lost her self-confidence. At home, she prefers eating in the bedroom and mostly indulges in television or mobile activities.
Apply the ALGEE model and help Sujata to evolve in her mental health.
Sujata is showing symptoms of depression and anxiety such as sadness, withdrawing from family/ friends, and social activities. The ALGEE model can be used.
(i) Approach, assess and assist in any crisis - Behavioural changes are very noticeable in Sujata. I can voice my concern to the teachers/ counsellor of the school or to her family members.
(ii) Listen in a non-judgemental manner - I will try to meet Sujata in the library or any place where she feels comfortable. I will explain my concerns to her about not interacting with others and the overuse of mobile phones. I will listen patiently and compassionately.
(iii) Give support and information- Let Sujata know that she has emotional support of her friends. There is nothing to feel guilty or ashamed of. She should hence be forthcoming about her problems.
(vi) Encourage her to get professional help - I will encourage her to meet the college counsellor who will be able to help her professionally. (v) Encourage self-help strategies - This will help Sujata to regain control over her life. Some positive measures include breathing exercises, yoga, laughter therapy, etc.