I am writing in regards to your request for a peer consultation in the most fascinating case of Mr. L.O. I regret to inform you, however, that there appears to have been a bit of a misunderstanding. You see, my surname is Zoombie, which is Polish and not ghoulish. I’m afraid I will have little particular insight into the case.
However from what you’ve told me it does seem like somewhat of a recapitulation of Erikson’s 5th stage: Identity vs. Role Confusion. The patient seems to be struggling with the basic conflict of individuation from the “wizard” who “raised” him, I believe was how you put it. This is quite similar to how a child must separate himself, emotionally and cognitively from his parents. Provided a zombie can remember events from its natural life, exploring events from the ages of 12 to 18 might be a fruitful area.
Thank for the chance to participate in this individual’s care. Best of luck in your practice and your after life.
Dr. Harold Zoombie, D.O.