Treatment of a Boy with Manic Depressive Character


Sat, Feb 8, 2020    
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


American College of Orgonomy
4419 Rt. 27, Princeton, NJ, 08540

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On Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM at the ACO campus in Princeton, NJ, Edward Chastka, M.D. will present “Treatment of a Boy with Manic Depressive Character” as part of our monthly A Different Kind of Psychiatry Case Presentation Series.


Larry is an eight-year-old boy referred to therapy with Dr. Chastka because his parents were unable to cope with his anger, over-excitability and inability to sleep. They did not understand how their relationship with their son, who they described as “the best kid” had devolved into repeated rounds of fruitless arguments and ineffective punishments.


Dr. Chastka’s treatment required working through the boy’s superficial defenses of excessive talking and hyperactivity in order to reach the misery that was concealed beneath. It was also necessary to help the parents see that their son was not a bad kid, but a boy with a high level of energy and creativity who suffered from deep misery and severe anxiety that he was unable to adequately control or express. With this insight, the parents developed new ways to help their son control destructive impulses and find better ways to express his lively and caring nature.

We hope you will join us to hear more of Larry’s story and learn about the value of the kind of character diagnosis used in medical orgone therapy for both treatment and understanding of the prognosis. Salvatore Iacobello, M.D. will join Dr. Chastka for the open discussion.