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ERIC Number: EJ884941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1532-5024
Parkinson's, a Selfobject Loss: Theoretical Discussion and Personal Experience and History
Tichler, Harvey
Journal of Loss and Trauma, v15 n3 p193-211 2010
This article provides a conceptualization of physical impairment as an object loss comparable to the loss of a loved one. It exists when, for example, a person has only one limb, or an illness in an organ of the body. Parkinson's disease is just such an impairment that denies the author the ability to utilize his body's previous capacity of movement and communication. There is a rupture in the self-selfobject bond, and this precipitates a mourning process that affords the disabled person the opportunity to work through conscious and unconscious affect and strivings. Thus, the working-through process would be available and include both psychoanalytic and rehabilitative aspects. The article follows with the history of the author's disability. He presents his path to deep brain stimulation surgery and his journey through Hagman's model of mourning. The author shares his feelings of dependency, society's devaluation, and the road that allowed him to achieve posttraumatic growth after his losses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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