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Psychotic States in Children : Tavistock Clinic Series - Alex Dubinsky

Psychotic States in Children

Tavistock Clinic Series

Paperback Published: 31st December 1997
ISBN: 9781855759015
Number Of Pages: 304

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Developments in the understanding and psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents suffering from psychotic levels of disturbance are dealt with in this work, from the Tavistock Clinic Series. The book is chiefly concerned with children troubled in their behaviour, relationships, and communication.There is something extremely unsettling about the disturbed behaviour of sexually abused and severely troubled children. In spite of a sometimes exasperating measure of perversion and destructive wilfulness, these children manage to communicate a clear plea for help - a plea which deeply affects those in their immediate surroundings who find themselves struggling to make sense of these contradictory messages. This book describes significant new developments in the understanding and treatment of children and adolescents suffering from psychotic levels of disturbance.Each chapter contains a clinical description of a child emerging from a psychotic state, creating a useful collection of case histories. Part One concerns sexually abused children, Part Two discusses psychotic children with severe developmental delay, and Part Three describes the treatment of children whose difficulties have both internal and external roots. Each part is followed by an authoritative critical commentary. A glossary of terms is included at the end of the book.

Industry Reviews

'This is a remarkable work. Its clinical clarity will allow any therapist in contact with psychotic children to "recognise" himself or herself in the situations described and to understand the psychic processes involved, and it covers every aspect of the material setting. This is a fine and important book.'- The International Journal of Psychoanalysis'This is a clinically rich book, especially moving in the intimate sense conveyed by prolonged, deep, shaping encounters. These papers bring considerable understanding to bear and at the same time communicate a sense of the full weight and shock of these often immensely difficult contacts.'- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy'Each paper of this work is uniquely illuminating. The discussion of theory and the linking of developmental psychology and classical theory with stress on the importance of research is timely. Most of all, the clinical pictures are unforgettable.'- The Journal of Child Psychotherapy

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Overviewp. 5
The Technique of Child Psychotherapyp. 27
Psychosis and Sexual Abuse
Finding a Safe Place: A Four-Year-Old Child's Recovery from Sexual Abusep. 39
The Difficulty of Establishing a Space for Thinking: The Therapy of a Seven-Year-Old Girlp. 56
Survival of the Self: A Sixteen-Year-Old Girl's Search for a Good Objectp. 71
Discussionp. 89
Psychosis and Developmental Delay
The Beginnings of Mind: Psychotherapy of a Sexually Abused Six-Year-Old Girlp. 101
Symbolisation and the Sense of Identityp. 115
'Here I am!': Self and Object in a Developmentally Delayed Boy with Autistic Featuresp. 138
A Little Boy Who Did Not Want to Learn Anythingp. 155
Discussionp. 172
The Complexity of Psychotic States
Psychosis and Autism: Schizophrenic, Perverse and Manic-Depressive States During Psychotherapyp. 189
Jeremy and the Bitten Roofp. 212
'The Ghost is Coming': The Fear of Annihilation in a Nine-Year-Old Boyp. 221
Going to Pieces: Autistic and Schizoid Solutionsp. 231
Rigidity and Stability in a Psychotic Patient: Some Thoughts about Obstacles to Facing Reality in Psychotherapyp. 245
Discussionp. 261
Postscriptp. 267
Glossaryp. 271
Referencesp. 276
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781855759015
ISBN-10: 1855759012
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45