Name: Reginald “Reg” Endicott Barclay III School: Starfleet Academy Rank: Lieutenant Marital Status: Single,
Occupation: Systems diagnostic engineer Gender: Male
"Reg”, as he has been called by his shipmates, is a human male with a significant history of mental health issues both while on board the USS Enterprise and later at Starfleet Communications Research Center in San Francisco. He has been in and out of therapy with Counselor Deanna Troi for over a decade.
Reason for Referral:
The referral was made by Reg’s physician after a routine medical examination. His doctor has requested a thorough psychosocial evaluation due to reported symptoms of “sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, racing thoughts, avoidant behaviors, general disorganization, headaches, mood swings, and other somatic complaints which may also indicate hypochondria.” His doctor found no organic causes for these symptoms and declared the testing showed Lt. Barclay to be in satisfactory medical condition.
Reg has a significant history of several mild to moderate mental health issues. Obsessive worrying about other people, even people he never met before, is one of those issues (Pathfinder, VOY). Apparently Reg has become obsessed again; this time he is worried about all the Star Trek fans who no longer have a television episodes to look forward to and watch. Reg admits that since his last appearance on Voyager in 2001 he has become increasingly worried about Star Trek fans around the world. His concern was further exacerbated by the cancelation of Enterprise in 2004. According to Reg, “Star Trek conventions are not enough because not everyone can attend.” Reg cites the popularity of the two movies by J.J. Abrams (2009 and 2013) as further evidence that fans “need” a new television series and the “powers-that-be” in Hollywood should be more concerned with providing for these neglected people. He was forthcoming in his admission that crusading for a new Star Trek series has become an obsession of his.
Sources of Information:
Personnel reports: Starfleet Academy, Captain Gleason–USS Zhukov
Captain Picard–USS Enterprise, Chief of Engineering, Commander Geordi La Forge–USS Enterprise, Commander Harkins, Starfleet Communications Research Center. Medical Records: Dr. Crusher–USS Enterprise, Dr. Zimmerman–Jupiter Station Case notes: Counselor Deanna Troi–USS Enterprise. General Description of Client:
Reg is a middle-aged Starfleet officer who came to my office wearing his duty uniform which had white hairs on it, reportedly from his cat, Neelix. His hygiene was adequate, although it appeared he may have slept in his uniform. His body posture and some dark discoloration under his eyes gave him the appearance of a man who had not slept well for some time. His speech exhibited signs of agitation as he stumbled over some words, and even stuttered at times. He had difficulty relaxing and repeatedly asked if Counselor Troi had indeed retired because he preferred to work with someone he knew.
Background and Current Functioning
Family Composition and Background
Reg is has never been married, and his family of origin is not described in the case record. According to Reg his co-workers and friends are the only family he has ever needed. It was unclear if he was referring to those he actually worked with or the people he has been known to create on the holodeck. According to Commander La Forge, Reg once told him, “You know, the people I create in there are more real to me than anyone I meet out here, except may you, Commander.” (Hollow Pursuits, TNG).
He lives in an apartment in San Francisco where he is “still unpacking” after over 2 years. He has a white cat named, Neelix, who he reportedly named after a crewman on Voyager he never meet (Pathfinder, VOY). Reg’s affections for cats were evident while on board the Enterprise. It is noted in Counselor Troi’s case notes that “Spot”, Data’s cat found Reg to be the only acceptable substitute for her owner.
Reg developed a close relationship with Dr. Lewis Zimmerman while assisting him on the creation of the Emergency Medical Holograph. When Dr. Zimmerman became fatally ill, Barclay first enlisted the assistance of The Doctor on Voyager, and then Counselor Troi in gaining the cooperation of Dr. Zimmerman in the diagnosis and treatment of his fatal condition. Dr. Zimmerman was reportedly fond of Reg as well. While dictating the terms of his last will and testament Zimmerman reports that he was leaving several of his prize possessions to Reg.
Reg states that he has had two romantic relationships, although case notes from his counselor suggest he had a romantic attachment to his holodeck character, “The Goddess of Empathy”–who bore a strong resemblance to his counselor (Hollow Pursuits, TNG).
Commander Harkins introduced Reg to his sister-in-law, Hope, but their romantic relationship was short-lived. Later Reg became involved with Leosa, but it turned out that Leosa was working with the Frengi to steal technology from Seven of Nine and was never truly interested in a romance with Reg (Inside Man, VOY). Educational Background
Records from Starfleet Academy indicate that both his classmates and instructors noticed that Reg had “reclusive tendencies”. Reg’s IQ rose to somewhere around 1200 and 1450 after he had an encounter with an alien probe (Nth Degree, TNG). With his heightened intellect, he became more confident and outgoing. After completing the mission given to him by the alien, he was returned to his normal self, but is believed that he retained a small portion of the confidence and intelligence that the experience provided him.
Employment and Vocational Skills
Although he graduated on time, he remained a Lieutenant Junior Grade for an unusually long period. At one point Commander Riker recommended his transfer off the Enterprise due to excessive tardiness and difficulty with his crewmates. Captain Picard recalls that Reg’s ratings aboard the Zhukov had been satisfactory. And, in fact, Captain Gleason had spoken quite highly of him before his transfer (Hollow Pursuits, TNG).
Reports indicate that Reg possesses great technical skill and sincere enthusiasm for his work. However his anxiety, social awkwardness, and low self-esteem often interfere with his relationships with shipmates who report discomfort when working with him.
Physical Functioning, Health Condition and Medical Background
According to the records from Dr. Beverly Crusher, Reg regularly appeared in her sickbay after self-diagnosing exotic illnesses. On one occasion Reg was in fact sick with a mild case of Urodelan Flu; not the Terrelian Death Syndrome or Symbalene blood burn which he had feared (Genesis, TNG). Reg suffered an atypical reaction to the treatment administered by Dr. Crusher and he, along with the rest of the crew, began to de-evolve. Reg mutated into a spider-like creature. In the medical tradition of naming disorders for the first person to contract the disorder, Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome is now listed in the Starfleet Medical Manual.
Psychological and Psychiatric Functioning and Background
In describing his shyness, Reg recalled a conversation he once had with Commander La Forge.
BARCLAY: Being afraid all the time, of forgetting somebody's name, not knowing what to do with your hands. I mean, I'm the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there's a party. And then when he finally gets there, he winds up alone in the corner trying to look comfortable examining a potted plant.
LAFORGE: You're just shy, Barclay.
BARCLAY: Just shy. Sounds like nothing serious, doesn't it? You can't know. (Hollow Pursuits, TNG)
In addition to the shyness, Reg is known to have idiosyncratic fears including transporter phobia (Realm of Fear, TNG) and as previously noted, a tendency towards hypochondriasis. His holodeck addition is believed to have started out as his principal method of coping.
Social, Community, and Recreational Activities
The majority of Reg’s recreational activities occurred on holodecks both while on board the Enterprise and during his assignment to the communications station. Reg’s expertise in creating holodeck programs was enlisted by Worf’s son, Alexander. When creating the holodeck Western, Reg included a prostitute in a brothel which, while historically accurate, was deemed inappropriate by Worf (A Fistful of Datas, TNG).
Reg tried his hand at acting in Dr. Crusher’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac but his performance was poor until his possession by the alien influence which dramatically raised his IQ, as previously noted (Nth Degree, TNG). His acting experience came in handy when he attempted to convince the Ferengi into abandoning their plan to steal Seven of Nine’s Borg nanoprobes while impersonating the altered holoprogram of himself.
While working on the Pathfinder Project, Reg was brought up on several disciplinary actions. He disobeyed several direct orders from Commander Harkins (Pathfinder, VOY) and was arrested for breaking into his lab and unauthorized use of equipment. Reg ran the Voyager simulation in order to defeat attempts to arrest him. When Captain Janeway responded to his message, Harkins dropped the charges against Reg and apologized for doubting him (well, this is science fiction after all.)
Reg appeared at the hearing regarding The Doctor’s rights to his holonovel “Photons Be Free” (Author, Author, VOY).
Other Environmental or Psychosocial Facts
Due to his nervousness and lack of confidence, members of the Enterprise crew often referred to him by the nickname coined by Wesley Crusher: “Broccoli”. While trying to rehabilitate his career on board the Enterprise, Captain Picard and Commander La Forge ordered this nickname be dropped. Reg was unaware of the nickname until Captain Picard inadvertently referred to Reg by the nickname while on the bridge. Reg quickly left the bridge to escape into his holodeck program number 15 (Hollow Pursuits, TNG)
Client Strengths, Capacities, and Resources
Reg is credited with several achievements while on board the Enterprise. He deduced the cause of the ship-wide systems failures were due to engineering personnel contaminating the systems they were working on around the ship (Hollow Pursuits). Along with Commander Data, Reg was able to trick Professor Moriarty into releasing control of the Enterprise (Ship in a Bottle, TNG). After he left the Enterprise, Reg worked with Dr. Lewis Zimmerman on the original holo-engineering team which tested the Emergency Medical Hologram’s interpersonal skills (Projections, VOY).
Reg glowingly reported that he fulfilled one of his life long dreams when he shook hands and spoke with Zeprane Cochran while on a mission to save Earth from being assimilated by the Borg (Star Trek: First Contact).
His promotion to full lieutenant was granted prior to his assignment on the Pathfinder project at Starfleet’s Communications Research Center. Although his work was hampered by an admitted obsession, he was successful in devising a means to return the USS Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant from the distant Delta Quadrant communicate with Starfleet (Pathfinder, VOY). His first step was the establishment of communications through a wormhole. Although Reg was eager to explain the technology behind this concept, we were running out of time for the assessment.
Impressions, Assessment, and Recommendations
Clinical Summary, Impressions and Assessment
Reginald Barclay is a complex individual. He is well liked by Star Trek fans who may be identifying with his social awkwardness and lack of confidence. Preliminary diagnoses are as follows:
Axis I: Transporter Phobia “sufferers typically anticipate terrifying consequences from encountering the object of their fear, and understand that their fear is not proportional to the actual potential danger but still are overwhelmed by the fear.
Social anxiety disorder “an intense fear and avoidance of negative public scrutiny, public embarrassment, humiliation, or social interaction.”
RULE OUT: Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome).
Behavioral Addiction (Holodeck) “a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until said action causes serious negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being. One sign that a behavior has become addictive is if it persists despite these consequences.”
Axis II: Avoidant Personality Disorder: “a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.”
Axis III: History of Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome.