Case Study Details

Danny is a 32-year-old Army veteran who comes to you reporting that he has been having unusual experiences, such as hearing the pigeons that live around his building talk to him. Additionally, he has been increasingly concerned that he is being monitored by government agencies. In response, he has begun to avoid technology that he believes can be used to track him, such as cellular phones or laptops. He reports that he first began to hear things that those around him appeared not to notice and to become concerned about being watched by the government about a year ago. As a result, he has been unable to maintain a job during this time and reports that he is arguing more with his girlfriend. When he presents in your office, you notice that he does not demonstrate much emotion and that his facial expressions and tone of voice do not change much throughout your interview.

Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Psychosis