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INSPIRATIONS FROM HISTORY
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-135

The case of rat man: A psychoanalytic understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder


Department of Psychiatry, Nepalgunj Medical College, Kohalpur, Nepal

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Suresh Thapaliya
Department of Psychiatry, Nepalgunj Medical College, C-8, C-Block, Doctor's Residence, Kohalpur-11, Banke
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmhhb.jmhhb_22_17

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This article discusses case of Mr. Ernst Lanzer known as the “Rat Man” in the history of psychoanalysis. He was diagnosed as a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder by Sigmund Freud known as obsessional neurosis that time. The patient presented to Freud with number of distressing obsessions of which the main one was fear of a corporal punishment to his loved ones using rats. The patient underwent psychoanalytic treatment for his symptoms for 6 months following which he was declared cured. Freud has discussed the case in a published case note. Over the subsequent years, the case received wider attention from the psychoanalytic community and continues to be interpreted and discussed from different perspectives after nearly one century of his clinical interaction with Freud.


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