Case Study.docx - Case Study Kyle was a 19 year-old man who was brought to the emergency room by the campus police of the college from which he had been

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Case Study Kyle was a 19 year-old man who was brought to the emergency room by the campus police of the college from which he had been suspended several months ago. A professor had called and reported that Kyle had walked into his classroom, accused him of taking his tuition money and refused to leave. Although Kyle had much academic success as a teenager, his behavior had become increasingly odd during the past year. He quit seeing his friends and no longer seemed to care about his appearance or social pursuits. He began wearing the same clothes each day and never bathed. He lived with all his family members but rarely spoke to any of them. When he did talk to them, he said he had found clues that his college was just a front for an organized crime operation. He had been suspended from college because of missing many classes. His sister said that she had often seen him mumbling quietly to himself and at times he seemed to be talking to people who were not there. He would come out of his room and ask his family to be quiet even when they were not making any noise. Kyle began talking about organized crime so often that his father and sister brought him to the emergency room. On exam there, Kyle was found to be a poorly groomed young man who seemed inattentive and preoccupied. His family said that they had never known him to use drugs or alcohol, and his drug screening results were negative. He did not want to eat the meal offered by the hospital staff and voiced concern that they might be trying to hide drugs in his food.
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His father and sister told the staff that Kyle’s great-grandmother had had a serious illness and had lived for 30 years in a state hospital, which they believed was a mental hospital.
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  • Fall '08
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