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Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Alfonso, César A., Richard C. Friedman, and Jennifer I. Downey (Eds)
The Guilford Press / Hardcover / 2018-12-01 / 1462538630
Psychiatry / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
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Bringing together important articles from Psychodynamic Psychiatry, this volume shows how contemporary practitioners are using a multidimensional biopsychosocial approach to increase the robustness of clinical research and the effectiveness of patient care. Chapters review cutting-edge approaches to formulating anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, traumatic grief, substance use and addictive behaviors, obsessive–compulsive disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, somatic symptom disorders, and trauma and stressor-related disorders. Treatment of specific populations is addressed, including infants and parents, children, spouses of the chronically ill, survivors of intimate partner violence, criminal offenders, and the elderly. Featuring rich case illustrations, the book integrates psychoanalytic concepts with advances in knowledge about neuroscience, gene–environment interactions, and the physiological impact of adversity.


“This volume offers one of the best overviews of the emerging field of psychodynamic psychiatry that I've seen. Particularly impressive is the coverage of a variety of specific clinical conditions and special populations, as well as attention to ongoing research, including that of a psychobiological nature. I also appreciate the practical emphasis on improving clinical care. This book will be quite valuable as basic reading in psychiatry residency training and continuing medical education courses."--Juan E. Mezzich, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City

"This is an extraordinary book! It cogently argues against throwing out the baby of viable and useful psychoanalytic ideas with the bathwater of psychoanalytic dogmatism. The conception of psychodynamic psychiatry espoused here is thoroughly modern, integrating psychoanalysis with neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and research, and adopting a positive attitude toward all aspects of psychiatry, including psychopharmacology and diagnosis. The volume includes chapters on all kinds of patients and therapeutic enterprises, each of which emphasizes the importance of following the patient’s narrative without disregarding other important elements. Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry is a tour de force that should be required reading throughout the field of mental health."--Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD, Vice-Chair of Education, Weill Cornell Medical College; Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

"The editors have gathered a remarkable group of contributors to portray a new discipline influenced by long-standing ideas. The book is lively and wide ranging, with chapters by major figures in the field. It will help secure the place of psychodynamic psychiatry around the world. This is valuable reading for clinicians, researchers, and especially educators who seek to ensure the continuation of the psychodynamic approach in scarce-resource as well as high-income countries."--Helen Herrman, MD, MBBS, President (2017–2020), World Psychiatric Association

About the Editors:

César A. Alfonso, MD, Deputy Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York and Visiting Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. He also teaches at New York Medical College and Northwell Health. His recent work includes the study of the psychodynamic determinants of treatment adherence, the clinical care of persons with low vision and medical multimorbidities, and the design and implementation of psychotherapy training programs.

Richard C. Friedman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Faculty Member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. His book on male homosexuality was the first to integrate neuroscience, sexology, developmental psychology, and psychoanalytic theory and practice. He began a collaboration with Jennifer I. Downey in 1991 that led to many publications and a book on sexual orientation and psychoanalysis. Drs. Friedman and Downey served as Co-Chairs of the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Dr. Friedman is a recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Award from the Sigourney Trust. He practices in New York City.

Jennifer I. Downey, MD, Deputy Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Faculty Member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Downey has conducted research on sexual orientation in women, Turner Syndrome, and mental health effects of infertility in women, and was the first investigator to demonstrate that sex hormones in homosexual and heterosexual women do not differ. Past president of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, Dr. Downey was the first recipient of the Academy's Victor J. Teichner Award. She was Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky from 2009–2011. She practices in New York City.

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