Our Heroes or Our Villains?

Case Twenty-seven

Subject is a single, white male in his thirties. Subject is a business owner from an upper-class household in a metropolitan area.  His family, as well as the subject himself, has no mental health history and no historical issues with alcohol or other drug dependencies.  When subject was eight years old, he witnessed the brutal murder of both his parents. He spent the remainder of his childhood within kinship care; he has no siblings. Subject has inconsistent relationships with women. As a means to cope with past trauma, the subject uses physical exercise and academic studies as an outlet, often putting in obsessive hours.  Subject has no stated goals, but has claimed he is determined to avenge his parents’ deaths.
Subject appears composed and communicates well. He seems to understand the importance of his social status.  Subject has demonstrated incredible pain tolerance and frequently tests his physical limitations.  Subject experiences flashbacks to his parents’ murders, which is often followed by feelings of paralysis and then hostility. The greatest symptomatology is observed when subject is under stress or feels threatened. During such instances, subject has described delusions involving resisting telepathy and receiving “biofeedback” treatments.  Though this subject abstains from alcohol, he reports his alter-ego is a borderline alcoholic.  Subject uses intense intimidation techniques with individuals he perceives as enemies and admits to using manipulation techniques as well. In the most severe examples, the subject has used violence against perceived threats including physical beatings, the use of knives, and hanging individuals from chains for a short time. When asked how he justifies his behaviors, the subject stated,   "Fear is an excellent motivator." 

Subject marks diagnostic criteria for several mental disorders including: Delusional Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Additional case review, however, is needed prior to official diagnosis.  Alternative diagnostic results: subject is Bruce Wayne aka Batman.

In make-believe they’re the heroes. In reality they’re perceived as the villains.