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Dialogic Praxis — A 16-Year-Old Boy with Anxiety in Southern Brazil

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-204
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jan 2020
Accepted/In press17 Dec 2019
E-pub ahead of print9 Jan 2020
Published16 Jan 2020


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By his early 20s, J. had graduated from secondary school, built a close circle of friends, and found a stable job. He explained that his continued search for life improvement required not just introspection or self-improvement, but also an interactive way of life and small-scale activism in solidarity with peers to improve conditions in his school, shantytown, and workplace. Such activism often meant becoming the target of social tensions and outright discrimination, and he sometimes sought support from a therapist in facing these struggles. Even so, J. explained that difficult emotions tied to these experiences were an integral part of his life and that merely reducing symptoms was not the main goal of his therapy.

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