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How to improve residents’ interest in psychoanalysis.

Walter van den Broek
April 5, 2011
The number of psychiatric residents interested in psychodynamic therapies is decreasing. Some are still very interested but this kind of psychotherapy is hardly educated anymore and therapists, supervisors are scarce. A recent free online available brief report from a psychoanalytical group, Genden (Genève—Denver), explored the possible reasons for psychiatric residents’ hesitation to get psychoanalytic training. They interviewed 100 residents in psychiatry working for at least 4 years. This focus group of 5 psychoanalytical psychotherapists proposes ten commonsense feedbacks for psychoanalysts regarding stimulating young psychiatric residents’ interest in psychoanalytic approaches. Three important ones to my opinion are: The educational center should have at .....read more »

Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy effective for complex mental disorders

Dr Shock
October 2, 2008
Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP) is an effective treatment for complex mental disorders. Long term meaning at least one year or 50 sessions. Complex mental disorders means personality disorders, chronic mental disorders (defined as lasting at least a year), multiple mental disorders (2 or more mental disorders), or complex depression and anxiety disorders. In all, 11 Randomized Controlled Trials and 12 observational studies were included in this meta-analysis. The 23 studies included 1053 patients treated with LTPP. The mean (SD) number of sessions carried out in the 23 studies of LTPP was 151.38 (154.98) and a median of 73.50. The duration of therapy .....read more »

Long-term psychodynamic therapy better than short-term

Dr Shock
August 29, 2008
Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy is superior in the long term to short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Short-term produces benefits more quickly than long-term therapies. After 3 years of follow-up, however, the situation was reversed with a stronger treatment effect in the long-term psychodynamic treatment group both for patients with depressive and anxiety symptoms. If a patient is capable and will benefit from psychodynamic psychotherapy which should be assessed by professionals before hand, than this kind of treatment to my opinion can be of great help to them not only for their complaints but also on the longer term. Long-term Psychodynamic psychotherapy was out of .....read more »

Supportive Psychotherapy mostly Novice Pilots Flying In The Dark Without Maps

Dr Shock
May 19, 2008
Supportive therapy in psychiatry is mostly done by unexperienced psychiatric residents during their training. Most residents as well as psychiatrists think that supportive therapy is just providing a sense of safety, support self esteem and hope, alternated by advice how patients should live their life, structure their day, get to work and behave. Psychiatrist the least qualified usually apply for the supervision of residents doing these therapies based on these premises.To my opinion these kind of therapies are the hardest to do, need the most experienced and psychotherapeutic best qualified psychiatrists. Yes psychiatrists because this kind of therapy is mostly .....read more »

Give Your Mind A Workout, online cognitive therapy

Dr Shock
May 27, 2007
Give Your Mind A Workout on Finding OptimismThis is an article on one of my favorite blogs. It is a review of a website. This site offers selfhelp with depression based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This review descibes how this website works as well as the pros and cons.Article in British Medical Journal about psychotherapy on the internet.The reviewed website: http://www.moodgym.anu.edu.au/ ..read more »