Dora Case Study

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Freudian Case Histories 2 Student Name: Geraldine Ennis Student ID: 2034280 Course: B.A. Psychology Module Title: Freudian Case Histories 2 Module Code: PSH284 Lecturer’s Name: Dr. Rik Loose Summarize the Dora Case study and in doing so, display what the key aspects of this case study are. Dora, a case of hysteria, is a case study written by Freud in January 1901. It is a case study of the treatment of a hysterical girl, who was eighteen when she began her treatment with Freud, from October to December of 1900. Dora’s family included herself and her parents and an older brother who was one and a half years her senior. Dora was born in 1882 and from the time she was six her father began a time period of going through some sever illnesses. Freud believed that Dora was very attached to her father and that attachment was increased further due to his illnesses, such as tuberculosis. Due to his illness, the family moved to a small town know to us, simply as B_______. It was there that his health began to improve. Unfortunately at the age of ten Dora’s father again fell ill with a detached retina. As a result of this his vision was permanently impaired. Then two years later he suffered “a confusional attack, followed by symptoms of paralysis and slight mental disturbances”. It was at this point, in 1984, that Dora’s father visited Freud for advice on the council of his friend Herr K. Freud diagnosed Dora’s father with “diffuse vascular affection”. Four years later Dora was brought to see Freud by her father and by this time she had “grown unmistakably neurotic”. It was two years after this that she began her treatment with Freud. It is important to note that her treatment only lasted three months and was seen as a failure because of this. In the meantime Freud had befriended Dora’s Aunt. “She gave clear evidence of a severe form of
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