Psychoanalysis Theory Case Study

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Case History

Background Information
John, a 19 years old male, in good health was enlisted to the army and posted to be a transport operator. There are no records of any family mental health history, drug and alcohol history. He is soft spoken and not very sociable.

Current Status
John display signs of fear when put behind the wheels of a vehicle. His legs are trembling, and he grips the steering wheel of the vehicle extremely tight. He gets into panic attack, suffer breathlessness and breaks down crying.
It was later found out from interviewing him that he suffers from post-traumatic phobia. He was in a vehicle that met with a road accident driven by his father.
His fear of driving is caused by and made worse by his obsessive, negative thoughts. These thoughts can be scary and irrational, such as the concern that he will drive off a road, in to pedestrians, and met with an accident like his father or he may be more focused on his physical feelings of anxiety such as a rapid heartbeat or trembling. These automatic thoughts are often described as the most bothersome symptom of driving phobia and they can be the actual triggers for panic attacks while driving.

Desired Status
Controlling John’s thoughts is critical to success in eliminating his driving phobia once and for all. The challenge is to eliminate John’s driving phobia within a 8 week time frame and for him to pass the military driving test.

Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Theory was founded by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) in the late 1800’s. Freud believed that people could be cured by making their unconscious thoughts and motivations conscious. The aim of psychoanalysis therapy is to release repressed emotions and experiences. It is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.
According to Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory of personality, personality is composed of three…...

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