THE SEXUAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES – EMOTIONAL NEEDS (INSTANCE)

Jean Jones has a physical disability and some degree of mental handicap. She would love a normal relationship that would end in marriage and possibly children. She lacks confidence. At the first sign of any interest shown in her she pours her loving feelings upon the prospective partner and her demands and expectations overwhelm him and he takes fright and disappears. It has been necessary to explore this pattern of behaviour with her so that she can share her feelings and understand what is happening. She has begun to feel that it is acceptable to need, to want and to have relationships, and it has been possible to begin to explore her underlying anxieties. She is beginning to gain some insight into her desperate need to grab hold of a new partner lest this be the last opportunity, for such opportunities are indeed rare for her. There is still much work that needs to be done with this patient if she is to have a chance of finding a fulfilling relationship.

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