Case Study - Displaced Adolescent

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First Meeting[edit | edit source]

David, 18 years old, is referred to you because of pains in different parts of the body, both upper body and extremities. He has been examined by his GP, x-rays and MR images show no pathology, but blood samples reveal some vitamins and minerals are in short supply, and he is put on medication for this. His pain is now making it very difficult for him to continue playing football, and his dream of making it as a footballer is in jeopardy. He tells you in your own language during the first session, that you have to fix him.

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During the first few sessions, you understand that there are other issues bothering David. After a thorough examination, you see he has a lot of muscular tension, he has a shallow and fast breath and appears to be skeptical to things you want to examine during this session. Closing, you ask him to come back for further examination, stating that healing of those problems is not a quick fix. He agrees and you give him a new appointment.

Reflecting on your own, you wonder how he speaks the language so well, being so young, and you realize that you did not get much info about his social life apart from football. You decide to go further with this next time.

The next time he arrives a bit late but excuses himself for that when you mention it, saying he overslept. Asking him further he gets a little impatient since he wants to be fixed, but reluctantly informs you that he has no family here, that he came here 4 years ago, alone, after a long journey. He seems reluctant to go further into this journey, but you sense some difficult things happened along the way. He also tells you that he is now waiting for his mother and 2 younger sisters to arrive on family reunification – his father has disappeared and no one in the family knows what has happened to him. His dream is to be able to help his family if he succeeds in football. He is now going to school and hopes he can finish primary and get on with his life.

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