Bess Case Study Essay

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The Case Study of Bess
Olivia Turmes, Marissa Wendt, Tim Staska
Alexandria Technical and Community College

A. Diagnosis by Axis’ Axis I:
1. 300.3 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
2. Substance Abuse: Alcohol and Sleeping pills
Axis II: None
Axis III: None
Axis IV: Her parents’ divorce. Mothers cleaning impulses and rituals. Her use of alcohol and sleeping pills. Termination of her pregnancy.
Axis V: Current GAF: 40-70

B. Confounding Variables
There was only one variable that interfered with the conclusion of the case. The main
Diagnosis of Bess was Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. An atypical behavior that she experienced during the duration of her disorder was her interest in erotic fantasies. Her sexual fantasies happened
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Her mother was happy to buy her as many puzzles as she requested. When the thoughts would take over, and she didn’t have anything to divert her thoughts, she would engross herself in sprees of masturbation. During her senior year Bess met a young man and began a romantic relationship. He pressured her to engage in sexual activity, but she resisted. One night she gave in after indulging in alcoholic beverages. After that night Bess joined in on having sexual relations with him every day for weeks. Bess began to fear pregnancy, and her fears soon became a reality. When Bess’ mother found out about the pregnancy, she immediately arranged for an abortion. After the abortion Bess’ mother took her on a trip to Europe, and at the event of her return, the father of her aborted child had found another …show more content…
Bess was forced to adapt to her mother’s intrusive cleaning behavior when she was young, and those impulses became a symptom of her anxiety later in life. She shows anxious and compulsive tendencies which are mainly discovered in people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Bess became unable to control her urges to clean and was then oppressed by unsurpassable forces to decontaminate herself. These are all characteristics of a person suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive

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