Reflections on psychoanalytic contributions to understanding (psychiatric) institutions


Personal experience of being a psychoanalyst in a standard and old-fashioned psychiatric service is reviewed to consider how psychoanalytic ideas may be presented as relevant to psychiatry. The difficulties are considered, and several forms of intervention by the psychoanalyst are reviewed – those forms are described under the headings Education and professional discussions (1), Experiential (2) and Organisational dynamics (3).

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