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Dr. Eric M. Plakun's book review of On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis and Despair in the Modern World, by Nassir Ghaemi, MD.


Many patients lack the capacity to manage intense affects between therapy sessions, and as a result are caught in impasses as treatment becomes organized around fending off the next crisis or recovering from the last. Risk of suicide is often part of this presentation. Among the range of interventions that may help such patients emerge from impasse and treatment resistance is residential treatment, particularly psychodynamic residential treatment. We describe the role of residential treatment for such patients and offer an illustrative case example. 


In the introduction to a special section of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Dr. Christina Biedermann (2014) outlines the purpose of a recent conference focused on war trauma and its treatments. The goals of the conference were to learn more about the experiences of soldiers and veterans; regain a relationship with them; and consider what they might need of clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and citizens.


Individuals find and relive their histories of object relations in new social settings. Any social group, in turn, enlists individuals into roles that serve the purposes of others in the group.


When a patient commits suicide, the emotional impact on all concerned, including his/her psychiatrist can be devastating.


In this study, we examined global treatment outcomes during 16 months of intensive, psychodynamic treatment for 77 inpatients suffering from treatment-refractory disorders.


The Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry, written by 70 national experts and clinical specialists, covers a wide range of clinical and administrative topics central to today’s practice of hospital psychiatry.


In 1992, the Austen Riggs Center began to a multi-dimensional research study which followed 226 newly admitted patients.  The study investigated many basic questions, including: Do chronically suicidal patients fully recover, and if so, how?


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