A dysmorphophobic reaction to cosmetic dentistry: Observations and responses to psychotherapeutic intervention

Ruth Freeman, Briony Kells

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This paper gives an account of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of a 23-year-old woman who sustained a dysmorphophobic reaction during and following cosmetic dental treatment. The data which emerged during the psychotherapeutic treatment is described in detail, attention being concentrated on memories, phantasies and transference reactions. A sexual theory of symptom-formation is described which provides an explanation for the patient’s anomalous reaction to the dental treatment. The successful outcome of the psychotherapy is attributed to a number of factors, each of which had its own special importance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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