Author | Barbara Young, MD

Articles

Dr John C. Whitehorn: A Wise and Gentle Man

August 23, 2012

Dr John C. Whitehorn shaped mental health policy at the national level, and his influence is still alive in his former residents and the young psychiatrists we have trained.

The Blue Mask: Uncovering the Cause of the Nightmare

February 22, 2010

Mr V had appeared at our appointment in a panic, after an episode of premature ventricular contractions and a terrifying nightmare. In the dream, he was threatened by a blue, masklike face with white circles for eyes and 2 slits for a nose.

Standing Up for Herself: Treating a Patient With Conversion Paraplegia

September 01, 2007

One day in 1946 while I was making neurology rounds, a crumpled piece of humanity was wheeled into the ward. When "Ora" came to the hospital for her annual epilepsy checkup, she had not been able to walk for more than a year.

Long-Term Effects of Psychotherapy: The Internalized Therapeutic Relationship

April 01, 2007

As I approach retirement, I have been looking back over the patients I have seen. Although I was trained as a psychoanalyst, most of the therapeutic procedures I have engaged in have, of necessity, been adaptations of my analytic skills in order to meet the needs of particular patients.