Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital
Patient: Aminah Singh
Douglas Banks, PhD
A.S. was hospitalized after an episode of catatonia triggered by the death of her boyfriend Lawrence Bogdan, and her daughter, Regina Singh, on January 4th.
It is this clinician’s opinion that A.S.’s violence was perpetrated in a dissociative episode caused by the extreme sexual trauma A.S. experienced from ages six to twentyfour.
At age 24, A.S. took her daughter and escaped a lifetime of sexual exploitation.
It seems that for a period, A.S. reclaimed her life – successfully holding a retail job and engaging in a healthy, reciprocal romantic relationship – but ultimately her past could not be fully suppressed.
A.S. arrived home from her job on January 4th to find her boyfriend bent over her daughter, in a pose that this clinician infers reminded A.S. of a perpetration of rape.
In reality, her daughter was choking, and her boyfriend was attempting to perform first aid.
A.S. snapped, and killed her boyfriend with a pair of sheers.
A.S. exhibits disorganized thinking and speaks in circumlocutions.
She is aware her daughter is dead, but blames her death on a faceless institution entity.
She is oriented to time and place, but has established an adversarial relationship with her treatment team, as she believes they were involved in her daughter’s death.