A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Complexity of Understanding and Treating Patients with ADHD Beyond Childhood: The Experiences of Two Psychoanalytic Candidates

by Sarah L. Lusk, PhD


At the core of this section are two clinical papers written by analytic candidates that provide us with a close look at how patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) present unique challenges and opportunities within the consulting room. Dr. Laura Whitman offers us an inspiring analysis of a 19-year-old college student with a complicated diagnostic picture that includes inattentive ADHD. Her patient is a late adolescent, on the cusp of entering emerging adulthood. Dr. Kristin Whiteside provides us with a candid look at the complications and pitfalls of working with a 35-year-old patient with ADHD. Detailed discussions of each paper offer an expanded understanding of the treatment of ADHD from a psychoanalytic perspective. Every contribution in this section continues the important exploration of how analysts think about and treat emerging adults and adult patients who present with the cluster of symptoms of ADHD.

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 72:1, 61-70, 2019.

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About the Author

Sarah L. Lusk, PhD is a Psychoanalyst Member, Advanced Candidate in Child and Adolescent Training, and faculty member in the Explorations in Mind Program at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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Anthony D. Bram, PhD, ABAP, FABP (2019). The Subjective Impact of Separation and Divorce on a Latency-Aged Child and His Analysis. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 72:24-32.

Anna Ornstein, MD (2019). Six Million and One: a documentary. In Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, edited by Diana Diamond and Bruce Sklarew. Routledge, p. 40-50.

Lawrence J. Brown, PhD (2018). Deconstructing Countertransference. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(3): 533-555.

Howard M. Katz, MD (2018). Music, Bonding, and Personal Growth: Merle Haggard’s Musical Journey toward Wholeness. Discussion of “A Place to Fall Apart, A Reading of Merle Haggard’s Music” by Richard P. Wheeler. American Imago, 75(3): 441-453.

Sarah Ackerman, PhD (2018). (How) Can We Write about Our Patients? Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66(1), 59–81.

The Boston Change Process Study Group (2018). Moving Through and Being Moved By: Embodiment in Development and in the Therapeutic Relationship. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54 (2): 299-321.

Fred Busch, PhD (2018). Searching for the Analyst’s Reveries. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 99(3): 569-589.

Murray M. Schwartz, PhD (2018). Psychoanalysis in My Life: An Intellectual Memoir. American Imago, 75(2), pp. 125-152.

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