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Psychodynamic Psychiatrists and Psychopharmacology

Psychodynamic Psychiatrists and Psychopharmacology Over the past 20 years, the previously frowned upon combination of pharmacotherapy and psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy has become common practice because of both findings from the neurosciences that demonstrate hardwired brain development from chronic early stress and trauma and from efficacy studies that show the superiority of combined therapy over either psychotherapy or medication alone. With this shift has also come a more focused interest in the psychodynamics of pharmacotherapy itself. This article will review some of the current thinking in this area and then present the personal approaches toward pharmacotherapy of two psychoanalysts, one at an academic hospital (RC) and the other in private practice (JS). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

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Publisher
Guilford Press
Copyright
© 2011 The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
ISSN
1546-0371
DOI
10.1521/jaap.2011.39.1.27
pmid
21434741
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Abstract

Over the past 20 years, the previously frowned upon combination of pharmacotherapy and psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy has become common practice because of both findings from the neurosciences that demonstrate hardwired brain development from chronic early stress and trauma and from efficacy studies that show the superiority of combined therapy over either psychotherapy or medication alone. With this shift has also come a more focused interest in the psychodynamics of pharmacotherapy itself. This article will review some of the current thinking in this area and then present the personal approaches toward pharmacotherapy of two psychoanalysts, one at an academic hospital (RC) and the other in private practice (JS).

Journal

Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Mar 1, 2011

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