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Röckerath, K. (2000). The Frankfurt/Cologne Neuropsychoanalytic Study Group. Neuropsychoanalysis, 2(1):108.

(2000). Neuropsychoanalysis, 2(1):108

The Frankfurt/Cologne Neuropsychoanalytic Study Group

Klaus Röckerath, M.D.

The group is continuing to meet regularly. A plan has been worked out to approach several rehabilitation centers for brain-damaged patients in the local (Frankfurt) area to look for patients accessible for psychoanalytic intervention. Contacts with the heads of the respective departments have been quite successful. One male patient, having had a stroke in the right hemisphere and suffering paresis of his left arm, spatial orientation difficulties, and neglect, has been seen three times by a member of the group (Prof. M. Leuzinger-Bohleber). From the impressions gathered in the interviews, it was not completely clear if the patient suffered from anosognosia as well: he seemed willing to admit intellectually to his wife's accusations that he was handicapped. On the other hand, he claimed that he could handle repairs in the house as well as he had done before. It is also unclear whether the patient will return for further sessions. He made no clear statement concerning the continuation. This might be an indication that he will admit his handicap to his wife, but not to himself. Further discussions in the group were concerned with the question of activity on the part of the analyst, i.e., if he or she should take the initiative in contacting the patient, calling him on the phone if he “forgets” a session, etc. Modifications in the way of dealing with these patients analytically seems to be necessary.

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