The Riggs Blog
The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
Dame Gillian Lynne is Broadway Royalty. She choreographed Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and at 88 is still dancing, but the story of the start of her career, told on NPR in a story on Weekend Edition Saturday, is a cautionary tale about the danger of viewing problems in psychiatry through the lens of vulnerability rather than plasticity. By the time Gillian was 7, her mother and her teachers were at their wits end with little “wriggle bottom,” who could not sit still and had no attention span.
Organized under the Center's Erikson Institute for Education and Research, our training takes a systems perspective on treatment, emphasizing cultural and familial contexts as well as individual development, in the tradition of Erik Erikson. We offer a full-time four-year Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies for both psychologists and psychiatrists.
Dr. Marilyn Charles’ experience in working with patients with psychosis brings to light ways in which psychological stressors in young adulthood can lead to serious psychiatric disturbances later in life. Dr. Charles stresses the importance of the availability of empathic others, such as educators, providing a key role in recognizing vulnerable and anxious characteristics in adolescence.
The question of whether there is a genetic basis of schizophrenia has long been debated. This summer the journal Nature reported some exciting results from an international study that support this idea.