Stephan Wenger : paranoia and institutional psychotherapy

Andreas is an adolescent who has broken with school. Welded to his mother with whom he forms a bubble with paranoid features, he has very few relationships based on otherness. His time in the Out-Patient Therapeutic Center, an almost unique psychotherapeutic perspective to our mind, will help to recreate thought about himself and develop his abilities to think about his own and others’ thoughts. Thus the institution offers an opportunity to triangulate Andreas’ psychical functioning, as it can for many patients in whom the « third party » is lacking as a psychical function, or is fragile to a harmful degree, and who are inscribed in perpetual movements of « leaving-being invaded) with the object.

Adolescence, 2011 T. 29 n°2, pp. 355-383.