Open to SPSI and NPSI members only.
This case presentation summarizes a successful 6-year psychoanalytic treatment of a strange young man. With a history of childhood trauma, he demonstrates narcissistic and psychotic features. However, he does not fit into any single diagnostic category. With treatment, he is overcoming his childhood adversity – and with much improved functioning, he is finding a place in the world for a self strangely shaped by his childhood experience.
About the Presenter
Cara Alexander, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Seattle, Washington. She is on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and treats adults and adolescents in her private practice.
About the Discussant
Ronald Levin, MD is on the faculty of The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He has an interest in the functional architecture of the mind and the part it plays in treating patients limited by their primitive mental processing.