Samantha, a 36-year-old woman, comes to the office to see Dr. McKnight, after experiencing the devastation of a severe earthquake, in her birth country. She brings her 12 year-old-daughter, Marilyn, whose father is yet to be found, since the earthquake; her grandmother has been pronounced dead, and one of her siblings is severely injured. Both Samantha and Marilyn sit in the office, sobbing. Samantha is trying to comfort Marilyn, but, clearly, Samantha also needs someone to console her.
A 21-year-old college student, Anna, was referred for “depression.” Anna was bright, she wanted to become a lawyer and her intellectual curiosity became evident as soon as she started meeting with her doctor. Her mother suffered from major depressive disorder, and as she related her story, her doctor understood there was something more than “depression.”
Jane, a 10-year-old girl, is unable to sleep at night. She was prescribed sleep medication, which then makes her sleep in class during the day. "Let's take the medication earlier,” says the doctor. "She has lot of homework to finish and she falls asleep almost immediately after taking the pill," says the mother. "Let's then decrease the strength," says the doctor. Mother tried, but a lower strength of the medication does not work.