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Current psychodynamic approaches to psychiatry

Glen O. Gabbard

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0040
Current psychodynamic approaches to psychiatry

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Psychodynamic psychiatry is broadly defined today. In fact, the term psychodynamic is now used almost synonymously with psychoanalytical. Freud originally used the term psychodynamic to emphasize the conflict between opposing intrapsychic forces: a wish was opposed by a defence, and different intrapsychic agencies, such as ego, id, and superego, were in conflict with one another. Indeed, for much of the twentieth century psychoanalytical theory was dominated by the drive-defence model, often referred to as ego psychology. A set of time-honoured basic principles, all derived from psychoanalytical technique and theory, define the overall approach of the dynamic psychiatrists, and these are discussed here. Another key component of the psychodynamic approach is that the clinician treats the person and not just the illness. In practice, that perspective means taking the personality into account in every case, and development of personality is discussed here, as is dynamic pharmacotherapy, multiple-treater settings, two-person context of treatment, and psychodynamic psychotherapy for specific disorders. Finally future directions are discussed.

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