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GASCON, Maria Rita Polo et al. A body that loses sense: a psychoanalytical reading of patients with tropical spastic paraparesis. Rev. SBPH [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.1, pp. 33-48. ISSN 1516-0858.

This present study aimed at reflecting on the body changes suffered by Paraparesis Tropical Spastic (HAM/ TSP) carriers, as well as to raise some subjective transformations as the disease progresses. Sixty-three patients under treatment at Instituto de Infectologia Emílio Ribas participated in the study, from which 12 men and 51 women, aging above 25 years old. For data collection, a semi-structured interview and the BDI were used. The results indicated the HAM/TSP carriers presented negative self-concept and self-image, as well as self-rejection in different levels. The psychological aspects raised by the study were considered and assessed using some theoretical resources of psychoanalysis. It is concluded that HAM/TSP carriers are exposed to a continuous mourning elaboration, as consequence of a difficult to heal narcissistic wound.

Palavras-chave : Self-image; Depression; Paraparesis Tropical Spastic; HTLV.

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