Making Room for Madness in Mental Health: The Psychoanalytic Understanding of Psychotic Communication

1st Edition

Marcus Evans

Routledge
Published April 12, 2016
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781782203292 - CAT# K378799
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series

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Summary

In this book, the author argues that in addition to providing a helpful treatment for patients who suffer from serious psychological difficulties, psychoanalytic thinking can also help mental health staff develop a better understanding of their patients and complement other ways of thinking about mental disturbance. Mental health professionals need to be receptive to their patients' projections and communications, but these powerful projections can become overwhelming, especially for clinicians who are in direct contact with their patients for long periods of time. A psychoanalytic model which puts the understanding of the relationship between the clinician and patient at the centre of its preoccupations can also give mental health professionals a language for describing their experiences of, and interactions with, their patients. This model is developmental and provides a dynamic picture of the ways in which different parts of the patient's self wrestle for control of the patient's mind over time. The author argues that this framework for understanding can help in the day-to-day management of these changes and fluctuations.

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