Trauma is the subject of increasing attention in contemporary psychoanalysis. Its complexities will be explored in a clinical case, emphasizing traumatic experience and unconscious conflict across developmental phases.
The patient, a young adult Caucasian male began analysis complaining of anxiety and depression. Born to adolescent parents, he experienced infantile stress and childhood traumatic illness. Needy, greedy, and dependent he was gratified by the frequency and intimacy of psychoanalysis. Genetic interpretation and reconstruction were particularly important in the analytic process.
Analytic progress with attenuation of unconscious conflict and developmental transformation proved enduring post termination.