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Freud developed his early ideas on psychoanalysis as a talking therapy while treating patients said to be suffering from hysteria. What is the relevance of this clinical condition today?
Drawing on the development of Freud’s ideas, Tim Fox will try to link the clinical narrative of one of his own patients to both classical and more contemporary ways of understanding hysteria and hyperchondriasis. His patient echoed, in some key respects, the classic account of ‘Anna O’ in Freud’s ‘Studies on Hysteria’, and this talk illustrates the way in which this modern day Anna O was dominated by the internal reality of her own private theatre of day dreams and unconscious fantasy. This manifested both in her character development and in her often intractable symptomatology. The author hopes this will lead to a discussion about how we encounter hysteria and hyperchondriasis in clinical practice today.
Tim Fox trained as a doctor at King’s College London and St George’s Hospital Medical School and subsequently worked both as a hospital physician and a family doctor. He was always interested in the psychological aspects of medicine, but it was his experience in a Balint Group, with its focus on the doctor-patient relationship, that led him in due course to train with the British Association of Psychotherapists. He has an enduring interest in the bridges between medicine and psychotherapy, and between psyche and soma. Tim is a Senior Member and Training Therapist with the British Psychotherapy Foundation and nowadays works full time in private practice.
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