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(p. 279) A Child Psychiatry Case Illustrating Delayed Reaction to Loss 

(p. 279) A Child Psychiatry Case Illustrating Delayed Reaction to Loss
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(p. 279) A Child Psychiatry Case Illustrating Delayed Reaction to Loss
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0041
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date: 12 November 2019

In this paper, Winnicott gives a detailed child psychiatry case study. Patrick, at age 11, suffered the loss of his father by drowning. Patrick had always been devoted to his mother, who knew he had not properly reacted to the tragedy. In all the consultations, and using the squiggle drawing technique, Winnicott indicates that Patrick was describing the illness which antedated the tragedy in which the father died. Patrick is enabled to become psychiatrically ill, to regress and break down, and to then recover slowly. He begins to process his long-standing depression, his guilt, and the sense of the loss of his father whose relationship with Patrick’s mother the boy felt to be indescribably tense. Patrick eventually recovers and resumes his education. The therapeutic work is described by Winnicott in great detail.

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