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Background and Presenting Information
Mark, who is a 43-year-old male, was interned according to the Mental Health Act (1983), as amended in 2007. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. This can be defined as a difficult life experience in which Mark had difficulties in processing information, disoriented thoughts, hallucinating, deluded and social isolation which led him to start hearing voices (Cardinal and Bullmore, 2012). In June 2012, he was placed under section three of MHA where it was noted that he had a history of repeated admissions since 2004. During this period, he had support from community mental health professionals. When he was not an inpatient, it was recorded that he frequently missed appointments, ceased taking his medication and lapsed to substance misuse. He had a history of self-injury and attempted suicide. In 2009, he took an overdose of forty tablets (2mg) of diazepam tablets with a quantity of alcohol.
Additionally, when it comes to his forensic history, his first offence was at the age of 13 when he stole from a supermarket. When he was 15yrs, he was charged with, but not convicted of burglary and was later charged with public order offences, theft, and in a position of a class A drugs. Later in 2012, he was charged with three counts of criminal damage and received a conviction for arson with the intent to endanger life by setting fire to a blanket in a prison cell. At that time, he reported that voices were telling him that bad people were persecuting him, and the only way to be free was to set the blankets on fire.