Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents conveys the experiences of severely emotionally disturbed children in detailed accounts of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and explores the life and death struggles against severe self-harm to body and mind by the most distressed sections of adolescents. Illustrated by clinical material, chapters cover subjects including: the Inpatient therapeutic setting; family rehabilitation after physical abuse; the adoptive father; work with adolescent inpatients with spina bifida. Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents underlines the value of intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a coherent method of treatment in even the most severe cases of emotional disturbance. Psychotherapists, mental health workers, and social workers will find it a valuable resource for difficult work in a variety of contexts.
Denis Flynn is a Child Psychotherapist and is now Head of the Inpatient Adolescent Unit at The Cassel Hospital, London. He is a Member and Child Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and also works as a Psychoanalyst in private practice.