Previous physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect: Dewayne reported he does not like people. He said his 16-year-old cousin was killed in 2020 after a gang member shot him when “I was around a corner” from the incident. He noted feeling guilty as he feels “I wish I was there.” He also noted witnessing a “shoot out” about four years ago when he was on his way home.
Symptoms of trauma: Dewayne reported feeling hypervigilant and negative alteration of his mood and cognition along with difficulty controlling his anger. When I asked his aunt, Ms. Moore, about those incidents, she stated “never heard that before, more than likely [a] lie.” She told me Dewayne struggles with telling the truth to others.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE HISTORY
Dewayne reported using marijuana and tobacco products since age eight. He reported
marijuana products make him feel “happy.” He also reported drinking hard liquors.