Jonathon the Meteorologist’s House

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Name: Jonathon Robinson
D.O.B: 16/04/1964
Gender: Male
Reason for referral: To clarify unclear diagnosis.

Clinical Interview

Background Information:

Jonathon’s mother was in the career of Life Insurance and his father was a statistician, so he grew up in a world of predictions and equations. He was a child genius of statistics, and his happiest memories are sitting in the conservatory with his parents watching thunderstorms. He was always intrigued by thunderstorms and the unpredictability of how they broke out and where lightning struck – it was beyond his realm of mathematics. He always wondered if he could create them himself. He grew up in a bit of a bubble at home, his Mother’s risk assessments causing him to have many phobias about the outdoors and severe anxiety from a young age. He buried his head in books, collecting information and studying other people as they carried out the ‘dangerous’ housework. These childhood arrangements led to him growing into an anxiety ridden adult who mimics the things he never truly understood by way of his contraptions. He never experienced doing any housework, as his mother was always worried about him hurting himself, so he still doesn’t know how. Instead he creates somewhat clumsy machines to do it all for him, mimicking the movements of the cooks and cleaners of his childhood. His love of weather escalated considerably, and he now works as a Meteorologist. He doesn’t like to go outside, but he doesn’t need to as he creates weather indoors and has plenty of measuring instruments to do all the hard work for him. These instruments help him to predict the weather, and working out the statistics comforts him. His only ‘risky’ thing is that he has a flying bike that he has created, as he has always wanted to be able to fly amongst the clouds. However, he is yet to pluck up the courage to try it after seeing his risk assessments.

Behavioural Observations:

Appearance is very neat and he is well groomed. Very socially anxious, has a couple of nervous twitches and a restless leg. Very quick speaker, though proficient with words. Eyes scanning and evaluating the room, looks rather uneasy and seems nervous.

Based on Mr. Robinson’s behaviour, and his apparent effort and cooperation, test results are likely to be an accurate assessment of his functioning at this time. Predictions cannot be made for future behaviours due to his prominent social anxiety.

Cognitive Functioning:

Mr. Robinson’s performance on the WAIS-III places him within the superior range of intellectual functioning. His Full Scale IQ of 188 is higher than that of 99% of individuals his age.

His verbal comprehension is very high through his excessive childhood reading, and processing information is especially high especially when conveying it into physical formats. His perceptual organization is amongst the top percentile, all of the categories he scored full marks. The visualisation and reasoning were exceptionally high. His processing speed is very fast, possibly due to his statistician mindset. Arithmetic and number sequencing were also areas in which he excelled.

Social emotional Functioning:

Jonathon’s anxiety poses little threat to his daily functioning as the environment he has built around himself is based on certainties and mathematical equations – he leaves little to doubt. If he were to immerse himself in a more public setting then he would experience problems, but he can cope with social situations in small quantities. His logical and mathematical prowess is very good, especially in visualising things in a three-dimensional way which helps him to build his contraptions. He has a creative flair, but this often argues with his logical brain. His weaknesses lie in his anxieties, as if something doesn’t work out then he negatively forecasts what’s to come and becomes impatient and angry with himself.

His anxiety manifests in impatience and frustration, and in social situations it manifests through nervousness and panic. To cope, Jonathon avoids social situations and tries to surround himself with things that can be predicted. These methods seem to be working for him at current, though his social anxiety will only worsen through avoidance.

His predominant mood is nervous, but that will be due to the social anxiety. It is difficult to analyse this.

Summary: High levels of mathematical and creative intelligence but lacks social intelligence. Realises social norm rules but can’t implement them naturally due to the lack of innate social skills and social anxiety. His strengths suit his lifestyle, and his lifestyle suits his job, and they seem to support each other though his mental state would be compromised if any were to change. His weaknesses are that he relies on predictability and statistics, showing that he has an unhealthy grasp and misunderstanding of reality. He does not experience true reality due to his need to control it.

Recommendations: Further treatment would be addressing his need for control and introducing him into situations where he can’t be in order to keep his anxiety at bay. He may need therapy to overcome the need for predictability in order to be able to immerse himself in society if/when the time comes.

Posted on November 3, 2015 | Illustration