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Erickson, M.H. (1942). Clinical Notes on a Case Diagnosed as Epilepsy: Charles Berg. Brit. J. Med. Psychol., XIX, 1941, pp. 9–18.. Psychoanal Q., 11:609-610.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Clinical Notes on a Case Diagnosed as Epilepsy: Charles Berg. Brit. J. Med. Psychol., XIX, 1941, pp. 9–18.

(1942). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 11:609-610

Clinical Notes on a Case Diagnosed as Epilepsy: Charles Berg. Brit. J. Med. Psychol., XIX, 1941, pp. 9–18.

Milton H. Erickson

For eight years a patient suffered from seizures which developed without warning, resulted in total unconsciousness, and were followed by a dazed condition with memory defects. Other manifestations also were in accord with a diagnosis of epilepsy. The author summarizes the outcome of a prolonged analysis as

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follows: 'By the technique of analysis unconscious sources of nervous tension are freed from repression. A drama of the most acute emotional intensity, with its origins in earliest childhood, is brought to consciousness. In the course of this process the fits also become conscious and subject to conscious control. In other words, they change their typical epileptic form, are replaced by typically hysteric fits and become, therefore, amenable to cure by psychotherapy.' In discussing the psychopathology, the author raises the question: 'How many cases of so called idiopathic epilepsy have a similar psychopathology, and are therefore similarly subject to amelioration by psychotherapy?'

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Article Citation

Erickson, M.H. (1942). Clinical Notes on a Case Diagnosed as Epilepsy. Psychoanal. Q., 11:609-610

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