Application Clinical Psychology Paper
(Discuss biological, psychological, and social factors of selected case)
200-250 word minimum
2 peer reviewed sources or more
Plagiarism Checker required
Due 3/1- 3pm
Case Study: Hector
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Biopsychosocial)
• Hector is an 18-year-old first-generation Mexican American living with his immigrant parents, two sisters, and maternal grandmother. Hector has recently completed high school, and has deferred his acceptance to a university due to the severity of his current symptoms. Hector’s first language is Spanish, and he is also fluent in English.
• Presenting Problem: Hector suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder that first emerged at age 14. His symptoms involve fears of contamination through contact with germs, blood, or other people. His fears compel him to wash his hands excessively throughout the day, disinfect his room at home, repeatedly cleanse any foods he consumes, wear gloves in public, and refuse to use public restrooms or restaurants. Hector’s symptoms have greatly interfered with his social life, and he is largely isolated from peers or others outside of his immediate family. He is underweight due to his fear of many food items’ safety and because of the extensive rituals he performs to cleanse anything he consumes. He also expresses some depressive symptoms in light of his feeling a prisoner to his obsessions and compulsions and due to their negative impact on his social and career goals.