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Psych Ward: Amadeus Cho

The boy genius gets tested by Marvel's resident therapist

By Tim Stevens Patient Name: Amadeus Cho Reason for Referral: This teenage male has been identified as a very superior level intellect by such figures as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, but no formal assessment of the participant's intelligence had been attempted yet. Presenting Problem: Cho was not referred due to any specific problem. Personal History: Please note that a comprehensive Personal History was impossible as details on the client's family and educational background are unavailable and Cho is either unable or unwilling to provide any answers on the matter.

There is, however, information available for the past several months. During this time, the client has engaged in several behaviors that can best be described as "reckless." They have included attempting to ally himself with the Hulk upon the creature's return to Earth during the so-called "World War Hulk" invasion of New York City, nearly destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. from within by creating a computer virus of unheard of potency, and manipulated a poisoned Hercules into aiding him in this mission. These actions could be interpreted as sign of an onset of Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). However, also during this time, Cho had just escaped imprisonment by an unnamed organization (whom he will not speak of), been forced to confront the fact that the Hulk was not as pure and blameless as the client had imagined him to be, saw his coyote pup become collateral damage in the fight between Hercules and S.H.I.E.L.D., and then found out the pup was actually a Skrull. While these extenuating circumstances do not preclude the possibility of the client developing APD, they do indicate that there is a better than average chance of disrupting such an occurrence. The client is more than likely reacting to these frightening and overwhelming events by attempting to exert control on the world around him in any way he can. Given the lack of details surrounding his childhood and earlier adolescence, it seems likely that Cho did not have strong moral instruction and therefore probably

possessing a moral code that one might more often associate with someone of a much younger age. While the client is capable of reasoning out what is "right" or "wrong," he does not have an innate sense of such things and this, the writer believes, is the more likely cause of his seemingly antisocial behaviors. Behavioral Observations: The client was dressed in age appropriate clothing that had seemingly not been washed lately and were in need of mending. This fits given the past several weeks of the client's life. He was sarcastic and defiant throughout the process, often proclaiming his boredom with the intelligence test. He was rude to the writer and staff and on several occasions attempted to distract us with cutting remarks and rudimentary psychoanalysis. However, it was also clear that Cho is experiencing a great range of raw emotions and, at times, is very aware of how above and beyond his experiences are for someone of his age. Test Results: The test results are inconclusive as the client maxed out the WAIS-IV scoring over 130 points. This clearly places him in the Very Superior range of intellect, but the test was unable to provide a specific number.

Recommendations: The writer would have recommended the client be tested on specialty intelligence assessment like the one developed by Doctors Reed Richards and Henry Pym. Unfortunately, Cho escaped custody shortly after his initial assessment and has been unable to be located. In the opinion of the writer, it is unlikely that the client will willingly return for further testing at any point in the foreseeable future. For further information on the client, please take a look at the file INCREDIBLE HERCULES #123 as prepared by Doctors Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Clayton Henry available on November 26. Tim Stevens is a Mental Health Supervisor currently pursuing his Psy D who has experience counseling adolescents who have lived through traumatic events. Check out Amadeus' debut, check out Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes!
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