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Jacques Lacan

Lacan, in contrast, began his career by working with psychotics in psychiatric hospitals before he became a psychoanalyst, and elaborates a more specific theory of the origins of psychosis.

Lacan's interest in psychosis predates his interest in psychoanalysis.

Indeed it was his doctoral research, which concerned a psychotic woman whom Lacan calls Aimée that first led Lacan to psychoanalytic theory.[1]

It is often remarked that Lacan's debt to this patient is reminiscent of Freud's debt to his first neurotic patient's (who were also female).

In other words, whereas Freud's first approach to the unconscious is by way of neurosis, Lacan's tortured and at times almsot incomprehensible style of writing and speaking to the discourse of psychotic patients.

Whatever one makes of such comparisons, it is clear that Lacan's discussions of psychosis are among the most significant and original aspects of his work.