2005 Volume 10 Issue 1 Pages 34-43
We used psychosomatic theory in the treatment of middle-aged and elderly women referred by the pediatrician in charge of their children. The children of these 3 women had problems of their own. Their pediatrician found it necessary to treat their mothers from a psychosomatic perspective while he was providing treatment to their children. The child of the first woman had become excessively dependent on her after the onset of an eating disorder. This woman developed a mood disorder. Her child later developed obsessive-compulsive disorder. The child of the second woman had developed school phobia involving hyperventilation. This woman also gradually developed a mood disorder. The third woman had suffered domestic violence for 20 years, beginning immediately after marriage, and had cared for her mentally retarded child for 10 years. Her husband's parents proposed to her that the couple should divorce, but their view was onesided and indicated DV and the mentally retarded child were the reason for the family's "shame" in the eyes of the community. The woman, due to these stressors, developed PMDD. We provided a form of psychotherapy involving Buddhist concepts to each of these three women. A mental condition that may be referred to as a "spiritual awakening" was attained through this treatment, and it seems to have stimulated recovery from their disturbed mental conditions.