Adolescent Breakdown and Beyond by Moses Laufer

By Moses Laufer

This can be the second one monograph released through Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for examine into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's designated pool of craftsmanship within the box, it comprises papers giving updated psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown by way of major medical specialists. those disguise a variety of themes, resembling the differing advancements in female and male youth, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. additionally it is the complaints of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. the following the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which employees within the being concerned professions needs to examine. total, the publication presents a concise, modern evaluation of a subject whose significance is more and more being famous either in and out the psychotherapeutic community.

Anthony Bateman, Debbie Bandler Bellman, Gabrielle Crockatt, Maxim de Sauma, Domenico di Ceglie, Sara Flanders, Maurice H. Friedman, Christopher Gibson, Kevin Healy, M. Egle Laufer, Kamil Mehra, Joan Schachter, Nicholas Temple, Peter Wilson

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But in time, menstruation and her devel­ oping breasts mean that she no longer has any choice but to be aware of being female and of what this makes her feel about her­ self. Some girls react to their puberty with such great anxiety and horror that they already show signs of breakdown in their psycho­ logical development at this stage—I describe this in greater detail further on. And we can assume that any psychological disturbance that we see during adolescence must in part be a reflection of what is happening in that girl's mind, in the effort to change her child­ hood image of herself to that of now being an adult woman in a physical sense.

At the university he was extremely shy; he did not take part in the social or cultural activities but spent most of his spare time either studying or reading novels and poetry. As he matured sexually, he turned to his body for com­ fort and indulged in anal and genital masturbation. Since he was completely isolated from others, he could not compare his experiences with that of other young men, and he felt that by indulging in masturbation he had damaged himself perma­ nently. By experimenting with special diets, Yoga, and strenu­ ous physical exercises, he tried to repair the damage, but these activities did not help him.

Thus, for instance, removal from class and the provision of a home tutor might have been the easiest step to take, but this solution would have been very detrimental to the boy. * ** So far we have been describing unconscious modes of mental func­ tioning that are used to cope with the adolescent upheaval, and we have shown how the resulting picture can vary enormously, from normal behaviour to severe mental ill-health. We have also tried to indicate in what ways those adults working with the adolescent can help him.

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