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Todd, V. (2012). Helping a Boy with Chronic Medical Problems Get on Friendly Terms with His Body and Puberty. Psychoanal. St. Child, 66:140-159.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 66:140-159

Helping a Boy with Chronic Medical Problems Get on Friendly Terms with His Body and Puberty

Victoria Todd

“My mom wants me to shave off my facial hair, but I like it. I think it makes me look mature,” said sixteen-year-old Alex as he proudly stroked the crop of hairs sprouting from his chin. I was speechless. Why? Because for years I had heard about all the medical things that were wrong with Alex's body. Then, when puberty arrived, his distress about his changing body was intense. So how did psychoanalysis help him get on friendly terms with body changes, even enjoying signs of growing up? We shall see.

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