Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital
Patient: Simon Anderson
Douglas Banks, PhD
S.A. was hospitalized after his wife found him eating the corpse of his father, Daniel
S.A. is the proprietor of Family Funeral Services and had been caring for his father since his father had a stroke six months ago.
Eight months prior, S.A. sought medical attention after reporting acute headaches and black outs that lasted for a few minutes to half an hour.
A physical exam revealed no organic cause for S.A.’s symptoms, and S.A. was referred to a psychiatric evaluation, where he was prescribed Seroquel, Risperdal, and Ativan.
S.A. claims to have no recollection of the events that lead to his hospitalization.
His mini mental status exam revealed he is oriented to time and place, yet S.A. claims to not know why he is in the hospital, and repeatedly asked to speak with his wife.
It is the clinician’s opinion that S.A.’s memory loss is a defense mechanism protecting him from remembering his cannibalism, and that if S.A. is confronted with his actions, he will experience a profound, possibly violent, psychotic break.