The following case of compulsion neurosis is related because of its occurrence in a child. At this period of life the most common of the psychoneuroses is anxiety, the primary cause of which is thought to be essentially physical. Where psychogenic causes are most operative in the formation of the neuroses, manifestations of these are rarely seen in childhood. The cerebration requisite for their formation is not ordinarily present at an early age; but when a neurosis does develop, the same psychogenic factors are as potent here as in the adult. This is well shown in the analysis by Freud of "Little Hans"1 and in Jung's analysis of "Anna."2 These cases are not compulsion neuroses, but their psychoneurotic symptoms have a basis similar to that present in the case reported.
REPORT OF CASE
Jennie S. (No. 27390), aged 6 years, was brought to the Neurological Department
PHILIP R. LEHRMAN. COMPULSION NEUROSIS IN A CHILD. Arch NeurPsych. 1920;4(5):512–516. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180230035003