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By Moses Laufer;M.Egle Laufer

During this e-book, Moses and Egle Laufer contend that critically disturbed teenagers could be assessed and handled psychoanaytically, and that their sickness differs from similar ailment in older sufferers, and that the psychopathology has its conflicts over the sexually mature physique.

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P a u l r e m e m b e r e d h i s c h i l d h o o d as a t i m e w h e n e v e r y t h i n g he d i d revolved a r o u n d his m o t h e r — p l a y i n g in the g a r d e n , g o i n g places with h e r , a n d waiting for h e r to h a v e t i m e for h i m so that they m i g h t go for walks o r s h o p p i n g . A t t h e a g e o f s e v e n h e w e n t to a b o a r d i n g s c h o o l s o m e d i s t a n c e f r o m h o m e . A l t h o u g h he was very u n h a p p y for a time, he u s e d to i t .

SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR TREATMENT I f it is a psychological fact that a person's final sexual organiza­ tion is established by the e n d o f adolescence, a correct d i a g n o ­ sis a n d treatment in adolescence can be important for the whole future life o f that p e r s o n . T h e r e a r e therapists w h o hold that adolescence is a time w h e n treatment, especially intensive treatment, is c o n t r a i n d i c a t e d . T h e views in this c h a p t e r suggest why we t h i n k that s u c h a belief is incorrect.

The nearest he got to describing what fantasy was active during the time he was hitting himself was to say that he felt somebody was caring for him. A n aunt appeared in the fantasy a few times, but he had no idea what she was doing. During the period o f treatment, it was extremely difficult to reconstruct the time in adolescence when he felt that his world had collapsed and began to believe that nothing could be changed. It was as i f the experience of the breakdown—exem­ plified by his suicide attempt and his admission to the mental hospital—was traumatic inasmuch as he felt completely over­ whelmed by internal forces without having any ability at that time to cope with them.

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