Thomas is an 18-year-old senior in high school.

Case Study 1

Thomas is an 18-year-old senior in high school.

Thomas is an 18-year-old senior in high school. It is the end of the school year—and after
feeling excited to graduate most of this past year—lately, he is not sure he is ready to leave high
school. He has been feeling more irritable than usual and has been especially grouchy with his
family. Everything his parents tell him annoys him.
He misses his girlfriend, who recently broke up with him. He is supposed to be leaving for
college in August, but he is feeling nervous about it. Before, he was convinced he wanted to go
into engineering, but now he is not so sure. He feels pressure to go to college, but right now
what he really wants is just to stay in the area and get a job and an apartment so he can hang
out with all his friends who are not going away to college.
Sometimes he is so frustrated he feels the urge to break things. A few days ago when no one
else was home, he punched the doorframe of his bedroom.

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