Psych Ward

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Psych Ward

Post by Svartfreja » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:08 pm

Sometimes... Characters are crazy. Other times they just act crazy. How do we spot the difference?

Welcome to the scrawlerverse Psych Ward.

In this thread, those with crazy characters, or characters that are going through a hard time, or even just those that are complicated, can open the lid on that box of frogs that is their character's brain and share. I got the idea from Marvel's own Psych Ward posts and I think it's great sometimes to know what's going on in the characters' noggins. It can be enlightening to know why they're reacting the way they are, how they're really coping and what the outlook is for their future.

So I'm inviting players to do just that. Let the rabid badgers run free and frolic in the forest! But maybe offer some advice on how to get them back in that sack when it's time for bed... you know, if you want...
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Re: Psych Ward

Post by Svartfreja » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:09 pm

PSYCH WARD: JESSICA DREW


For anyone reading Jess instances right now... I can imagine it's a little difficult to figure out where her head is at in all the what the fuckery. She's unpredictable, changeable, paranoid and angry. It's not a winning combination. And it basically boils down to a flip of the coin for the way any discussion with her and any other character can go. So here's the why for her case to get the ball rolling on the thread :)

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Circle Pines gave Jess everything she'd ever wanted. A stable home, loving (and living) parents, a career with a future that she enjoyed and, most of all, love untainted by a secret paranoia about her pheromones. Since leaving she has had to come to terms with the fact she'd had none of that and the confusion that comes with people knowing more about her than she does. She got her hopes up about keeping part of the life that had made her happy but that was quickly extinguished when she found out that her boyfriend there already had someone waiting for him when he came back.

Understandably perhaps, she wanted very much to forget about all these painful things again and going back to Circle Pines, in her mind, would have achieved this but it's impossible and that thought just depresses her more. In an attempt to accept this and move on from it she made a decision to keep the self-worth she had in Circle Pines and leave behind the life she'd had before it to take that fresh start and clean slate everyone had been telling her she got now.

Unfortunately, certain others didn't allow her the opportunity for that fresh start before the idea really got off the ground. Judging her by her past mistakes and treating her as if she had the same personality as she had back then before giving her the chance to figure out who she was now. This has been both upsetting and frustrating for Jessica because she's never sure which way the opinions of others on her fall.

She has, despite the confusion, managed to make some friends and, as such, is fiercely protective of these connections and the people involved. Any attack on them is perceived as an attack on her, particularly if her name is invoked. There is a lot of anger in Jessica that people aren't giving her the time and space she needs to figure things out and grieve the loss of two families and a relationship she was very emotionally invested in before imposing their views and instructions on her.

On top of this, she is suffering from rediscovering her powers. Having accepted Bobby's offer to stay in the boathouse, so she can at least get some sleep in a relatively MUCH quieter building, she now has to contend with accusations that she is too close to him, something again based more on her previous life. With nowhere else to go that seems safe to her she has been considering leaving altogether because the pressure is too much for her.

Her attack on Cecilia was an eye-opener. She is aware the stress is getting on top of her, even before the fight she knew her emotions were running very close to the surface. The pain of everything was very raw and every comment was agitating an already very exposed nerve. The frustration boiled over into anger and she took it all out on Cecilia, perhaps unfairly but Cecilia didn't make it easy to stop and Jessica is still finding it hard to be sorry for it, especially after being cornered by Miles - something that she views as extremely unfair.

Resigning herself to being 'the bad guy' in everything, she wanted someone to talk to that wouldn't judge her - someone she realised she had feelings for, beyond friendship, since before she went to Circle Pines. Unfortunately, he wasn't there but she found his roommate - one of two people that has expressed interest in her romantically (or rather, sexually) since her return. She decided there was no hope for her with Kevin relationship-wise and she gave in to Jack's advances and actually did feel better for a while. At least until she made it back to the boathouse and Bobby accidentally made her feel guilty.

Most people probably would be on medication for depression by now, or at least self-medicating with alcohol. Since, with her immunity, neither are really an option for Jessica she has to resort to natural endorphin releases. Sadly, both the avenues that work for her are not ideal. Being sent to anger management rules out the option of hitting things until she feels better and sleeping around would earn her back the 'whore' label she's been fighting to lose.

She feels trapped and isolated and any further advice should be given little by little not all at once if anyone wants to stand a hope of success. Any heaped on advice will be perceived as an attack and will result in her getting defensive - at which point, it's always safer to back off before making it worse.

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Advice to other characters wanting to get through to her would be to handle with care for the time being and provide space and a safe environment so she can relax. Any tips or opinions they want to offer should be given very carefully and they should expect to be met with scepticism and, likely, anger. Try not to take anything personally and don't make it personal with Jess, make a suggestion and if she doesn't take it don't push it because you'll just make it worse. Let her go away and think on it in her own time.

In short: Give her time and space and allow her to relax. She'll get to it eventually. If she comes to you, take this as a win before the conversation even starts and try to appreciate that it is difficult for her. Do not shoot down her attempts to apologise. You may only get one chance to accept.
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Re: Psych Ward

Post by PanicSwitch » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:38 pm

Cecilia M. Reyes
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Cecilia Reyes is an young mutant woman who presents as slightly below average height and above average physical fitness - something she regards as being of significant importance. From her attire and general appearance, it is clear the client was born and raised with considerable financial disadvantages and little educational opportunities. She has several noticeable scars, multiple ear piercings and a tattoo - not uncommon attributes in survivors of trauma.

The client's cultural background, in this case, is Afro-Caribbean born (she was born in a slum in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Hispanic father and Black mother) and South Central Bronx raised. Both environments which are statistically plagued with poverty and crime despite Reyes' insistence that "it wasn't that bad."

Reyes is currently serving as a member of the mutant superhero team the X-Men, a vigilante group dedicated to protecting both human and mutant-kind from superhuman threats and genetic persecution, respectively. She also attends university where she studies microbiology with plans to continue onto medical school.

The client was referred for therapy due to a severe resurgence of PTSD symptoms and feelings of guilt. Late last year the client was diagnosed with chronic PTSD by a mental health professional at her university. Reyes witnessed the murder of her father when she was eleven years old and was threatened with immediate death in the same event. In the last six months the client has been exposed to numerous traumatizing events as the X-Men attempted to shutdown a cult which was cannibalizing mutants including the discovery of multiple corpses (among them a decapitated head), the murder of classmates and witnessing severe bodily harm to others.

Additionally, while reporting she "rationally" understands she had nothing to do with the damage the cult inflicted on the X-Men, she continues to feel responsible for the events that occurred due to her befriending a mutant that was (unbeknownst to her) working for the cult.

During session the client presents as animated, straightforward and somewhat irritable. She describes herself as "all heart" and while this description does bear out the client has shown, at times, the ability to be introspective and self-evaluative. She is also fiercely defensive, particularly if she perceives she is being criticized or attacked. While this is a positive in that it makes her a strong advocate for herself, there is a downside in that it can make it hard for her to accept others into her life. She limits her vulnerabilities but in doing so also isolates herself from others.

Although Reyes has found Exposure Therapy to be helpful in the past in dealing with the traumas associated with her father's death the writer doesn't believe this treatment would be helpful at this time when the trauma is still "fresh." Instead, the writer has decided to work with the client using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which will help Reyes to resolve some of the thinking errors that cause her guilt and enable her to better manage the triggers which effect her PTSD.

Dr. Leonard Skivorski is a psychiatrist who has experience in working with super-human individuals living with a variety of mental illnesses.
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