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Significance of childhood, late adolescence, the early twenties, and family influence.

Childhood is a period from when infancy ends to when puberty begins and has been known to impact brain development by marking a foundation for future learning, behavior, and mental health (Williams et al., 2020). The article addresses the history of Jeffery Dahmer, a US serial killer, and how his story can help prevent the existence of serial killers whose actions are linked to their childhood. Throughout his childhood, Jeffery Dahmer had an interest in dead animals, especially when he saw his father removing animal bones in their family home and became thrilled with the sounds they made to the extent that Once during a chicken dinner, he asked what would happen if the bones were dissolved in bleach and Lionel, impressed with his son’s curiosity, demonstrated how to safely bleach and preserve animal bones.
At the age of four years, Jeff underwent brain surgery which is partly believed to be a cause of his mental disorder, together with the sexual assault that he was exposed to at the age of eight years by a neighbor, which is believed to have exposed him to uncouth behavior. In his early puberty, he witnessed the divorce of his parents, who existed in a toxic relationship with fights and disagreements, which led to his parents giving him less attention. The domestic violence and the fact that he was neglected made his brain become adaptive to violence and isolation.
During his late puberty, Jeffery Dahmer was living alone with no money, food, or parent’s attention, and it was during this time that he began drinking alcohol, realized he was gay and killed his first victim by drugging them and later beating them with metal to death and masturbating in front of the corpse. He developed a passion for killing men and having sex with dead bodies claiming he usually got aroused by the cutting of their body parts, especially the pumping of the heart. He gets attracted to a jogger and hides somewhere to give his attempt at killing and do away with his type of libido.

Diagnosis and treatment

Jeffery Dahmer was diagnosed with a borderline, schizotypal, and psychotic personality disorder that had impacted the way he thought about himself as well as other people and included emotion management issues, behavior, and unstable relationships because the person cannot manage a relationship. This, however, was not clinically treated since it was concluded that it was not likely to cause impairment; hence Jeffery was supposed to obey the law and be considered to be of sane mind.

Substance Abuse (Alcohol)

After he began living alone, Jeffery Dahmer started taking alcohol excessively, which he consumes even in classrooms and the school compound and claims that it helps him evade the stress that he is coping with. It is the alcohol that he uses to make his victims unconscious and lure them to his tricks.

The IRasmussen University – Mental Health Care Plan

A. Patient identifiers:
Age: Gender: Ht: Wt. Code Status:


Development Stage (Erikson): Give the stage and rationale for your evaluation

Health Status

Date of admission:
Activity level: Diet:
Fall risk (indicate reason)

Client’s description of health status

Allergies: (include type of reaction)

Reason for admission:

Past medical history that relates to admission:

Socio-cultural Orientation

Cultural and Ethnic Background with current practices:


Family system: (Support system)


Occupation: (across the lifespan)

Patterns of living: (define past and current)

Barriers to independent living:

Healthcare systems elements (continued) ALLERGIES:

Medications: List all medications, dosages, classifications and the rational for the medications prescribed for this patient include major considerations for administration and the possible negative outcomes associated with this medication.

DEFINE 1: What the medications Mechanism of Action AND 2: Why the patient is taking the medication?

Medication Classification Dosage Rationale Possible negative outcomes

Psychiatric Diagnosis and DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria

History of Present Psychiatric Illness

(Presenting signs & symptoms/ Previous Psychiatric Admission / Outpatient Mental Health Services)


Pathophysiology – (to the cellular level)

Medical Diagnosis

Clinical Manifestations (all data subjective and objective: labs, radiology, all diagnostic studies) (What symptoms does your client present with?)


Treatment (Medical, medications, intervention and supportive)

Risk Factors (chemical, environmental, psychological, physiological and genetic)

Nursing Diagnosis

Problem statement: (NANDA)

Related to: (What is happening in the body to cause the issue?)

Manifested by: (Specific symptoms)

General Appearance

Presenting Appearance (nutritional status, physical deformities, hearing impaired, glasses, injuries, cane)
Basic Grooming and Hygiene (clean, disheveled and whether it is appropriate attire for the weather)

Gait and Motor Coordination (awkward, staggering, shuffling, rigid, trembling with intentional movement or at rest

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