Tess: The Emotional and Physiological Effects of Prenatal Physical Trauma
Publication Date:October 1986
This paper will present a verbatim account of an abreaction to the prenatal trauma of a blow to the mother's abdomen with its subsequent effects on the physical and emotional development of the person and its sequalae in adult life.The patient, whom we Tess, presented with the psychosomatic complaint of dermatitis. In this session, the dialogue concerns the exploration of this symptom and its significance to the personality. It reveals that the prenatal trauma became associated with a fear of expressing her wants and needs, resulting in a breaking out of the skin. Resolution of the fear leads to an uncoupling of the association, and therapeutic change.