Lockdown and adolescent mental health: reflections from a child and adolescent psychotherapist

Catty, Jocelyn (2020) Lockdown and adolescent mental health: reflections from a child and adolescent psychotherapist. Wellcome Open Research, 5 (132).

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Abstract

The author, a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in the UK NHS, ponders the varied impacts of ‘lockdown’ on adolescents, their parents and the psychotherapists who work with them, during the COVID-19 pandemic. She asks, particularly, how psychological therapies are positioned during such a crisis, and whether the pressures of triage and emergency can leave time and space for sustained emotional and psychological care. She wonders how psychoanalytic time with its sustaining rhythm can be held onto in the face of the need for triage on the one hand and the flight to online and telephone delivery on the other. Above all, the author questions how the apparent suspension of time during lockdown is belied by the onward pressure of adolescent time, and how this can be understood by, and alongside, troubled adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent Mental Health, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, COVID-19 Pandemic, Deliberate Self-Harm, Quarantine, Temporality In Health Care
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Self Harm
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Human Psychological Processes > Strange Environment/Situation
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2245

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