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Victoria


Victoria is 26 and lives in a flat in Essex, a short drive from her mum and dad, Jane and Alan. A member of staff is present in the building’s office 24 hours per day, to support Victoria and the residents of the other flats.Victoria does not frequently need help from the support staff, although she sometimes goes to chat to them if she feels lonely.Victoria’s mum , Jane, comes round at least every week for a social visit, and to help with household tasks.

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Working around a fear of glass

When she was 19,Victoria moved to Grimsby to spend three years at college. She didn’t initially want to go, but when she arrived she had a great time – and by the end she didn’t want to leave. On returning from Grimsby,Victoria’s social worker facilitated her move to her current block of flats. She eased the transition by visiting Victoria and meeting with her family in Grimsby before the move.

Issues in early adulthood

Over the past five years or so,Victoria and her family have faced some difficult issues.Victoria has developed a strong fear of glass and crockery, following an incident in which she swept some glasses off a table during an angry outburst in a restaurant. It can now be difficult to persuade Victoria to go out when she suspects there may be glass or crockery present. It is unclear whether Victoria is fearful that she might smash
glasses/crockery (as in the initial incident), or whether she has developed a phobia of these items.

Although it can be very difficult,Victoria and her family work around this problem.Victoria has only plastic crockery in her house.Also, her family have at times been very successful in persuadingVictoria to come out even when she doesn’t want to, and have found that she then enjoys herself.
However, there have been numerous occasions when Victoria has not attended events which her family feels she would have enjoyed.Victoria’s interests appear to change quite quickly, and she will sometimes stop doing some activity without warning or explanation.

Having control over plans helps Victoria. For instance, she has been able to organise and attend a barbecue in her block of flats, and enjoyed being able to control aspects of the event.Victoria’s family think that a recent prescription of antidepressants may also be helping with Victoria’s anxiety.

Victoria is very active on social networking media. She has a fantastic sense of humour and can be very sociable in the right context.When I met her,Victoria was looking forward to flying to France for a holiday – with her dad, Alan, as pilot.Victoria is also already planning and saving up for her 30th birthday party, for which she wants to have a ball.

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Over the past five years or so,Victoria and her family have faced some difficult issues.

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Senest ændret af Gerritjan Koekkoek den 2021/09/15 15:10
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