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(1956). Revista De Psicoanálisis. XI, 1954: Psychoanalytic Aspects of a Case of Migraine. Leon Grinberg. Pp. 31-47.. Psychoanal Q., 25:130-131.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revista De Psicoanálisis. XI, 1954: Psychoanalytic Aspects of a Case of Migraine. Leon Grinberg. Pp. 31-47.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:130-131

Revista De Psicoanálisis. XI, 1954: Psychoanalytic Aspects of a Case of Migraine. Leon Grinberg. Pp. 31-47.

The patient was a medical student who suffered from this syndrome most acutely when he had to read medical books. His migraine, nausea, and vomiting 'in his psychic life represented depressive states which alternated with paranoid anxieties (such as fear of being persecuted by the police or fear of being attacked while in the streets, and panic reactions). His obsessive mechanisms had failed because of the intensity of his anxieties.' He had severe anxiety about masturbation, which was accompanied by a feeling that he was destroying himself at the moment of seminal discharge. In one of his episodes of impotence his desperation was such that he banged his head against the wall. 'He equated a damaged finger with his circumcised penis' and finally understood why he at times felt

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that 'the migraine turned him into a woman, comparing the sensation of his head "splitting" with his fears of his penis being cut and changed into a vagina'. The author says, 'there were a "paranoid" migraine and a "depressive" migraine, distinguished by the functional conflicts which determined them … with a predominance of the former type'. Another aspect of the patient's migraine was 'depersonalization … the headache insulated him from the world and from his own psychic needs'. He compared his penis to 'those dolls that in certain positions open and close their eyes; and, in situations charged with anxiety, the migraine' served like a curtain.

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(1956). Revista De Psicoanálisis. XI, 1954. Psychoanal. Q., 25:130-131

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