Psychosocial Assessment on Good Will Hunting Essay
December 06, 2011
Will Hunting is a 20 year-old Caucasian male of Irish decent. He turned 21 before the time he was terminated from therapy. He was always casually dressed in slacks, or jeans and t-shirt or short sleeves shirt like most youths or teenagers. Although he had few clothes as evidenced by the fact that he wore the same two or three outfits to all his therapy sessions, his clothes were always clean.
He was referred to therapy by the juvenile court system.
Will Hunting had anger issues and was very oppositional to authority figures. He also had abandonment issues. He was arrested for fighting and beating up another …show more content…
No suicide attempts or ideations were mentioned or addressed.
Mental Status and Current Functioning
Will was dressed in slacks and t-shirt most of the time. He did not seem to own any formal clothing as evidenced by the way he was dressed for his interview appointment. His hair was neat and styled the way young men his age would. He appeared his age, and was very alert. Will was also aware of his surroundings. He went to his therapy appointments by himself.
Will’s memory or concentration did not show any deficit. He could be described as having hypermnesia. For example Will was able to quote sentences and pages of books when talking to the student in the bar who was arguing with his friend Chuckie. Will’s speech was normal, meaning he was coherent and logical. His speech characteristics matched his mood and affect. When Will was angry at the student in the pub his facial expression matched his speech and tone of voice.
Will showed no evidence of cognitive distortions or hallucinations. He represented himself in his court hearing, and he was also able to use sarcasm to get rid of some of his therapists. Will used the phrase “I had to go see about a girl” in his note to his therapist, Sean Maguire when he was leaving for California. It was the same phrase that Sean Maguire had used when he told Will about how he met his wife.
Will’s grooming was good. He wore