Psychodynamic approaches to the challenges of aging

Jane Garner and Sandra Evans

in Casebook of clinical geropsychology

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Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583553
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754678 | DOI:
Psychodynamic approaches to the challenges of aging

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◆ Psychoanalytic theory provides a framework for beginning to understand human situations: patients with any diagnosis, their families, and the fears and anxieties of staff caring for them. It emphasizes the uniqueness of individuals. Relatively few patients will be taken on for therapy but psychodynamic understanding may inform usual treatment to the benefit of patients and staff. ◆ An underlying assumption in psychodynamic work is that there is an area of mental life of which we are usually unaware, the unconscious, which nevertheless may interact with conscious and external experience. ◆ Psychodynamic theory is a theory of development. Development continues throughout life. There is evidence that the older people who are able to access this therapy do as well as younger ones. ◆ In later life, dependency issues from infancy and childhood may influence the patient's behavior and mental state.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Geriatric Medicine

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