Ben Case

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Case History

Ben, aged 52, was born and raised in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. At the urging of his supervisor at work, Ben has voluntarily sought help from his employer's human resources department. They have referred Ben to you.

Personal and Family History
Ben was an only child, and he explains that he got a lot of attention. He says that that he loved his parents very much, "but they were kinda weird." He adds that "They were like me. Just different, ya know?" Ben said that his aunt, his father's sister, has been institutionalized on several occasions. His father, who died when Ben was 18, was a janitor at a local department store. His mother was a homemaker. Neither of his parents finished high school, and Ben was born when they were only 17 years old. Ben is 52 years old and has been working as a driver for a postal company for the past 22 years. He reports that he likes his job and enjoys interacting with people. Ben has been unmarried his entire life. He reports "I liked the girls OK and all that" but he never developed permanent relationships. Ben reports that he has always been "nervous with the girls and such" and he avoids making any significant social overtures with women. He meets his sexual needs matter of factly by visiting a prostitute on a regular basis. He reports that their sexual encounters are highly regimented. He refuses to elaborate on this point, stating that his mother taught him to "never talk about dirty things". Ben reports that he also directed a lot of his energy into long walks. Every evening, he would go for a walk, sometimes lasting up to 5 hours. His neighbors were often concerned seeing him walking alone late at night and the police have been called on several occasions. Recently, however, Ben has lost interest in the walks, explaining that the streets are too dangerous. Ben has attended church on a regular basis throughout his life. He has been involved in a number of community activities; people seem to appreciate his...
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