Self psychology conceptualization of postpsychotic depression and recovery among paranoid schizophrenic patients


David Potik (2014). Self psychology conceptualization of postpsychotic depression and recovery among paranoid schizophrenic patients. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic: Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 70-86


Many psychoanalysts have offered innovative ideas on the treatment of schizophrenic patients, but none on postpsychotic depression. The author presents a psychoanalytic conceptualization of postpsychotic depression based on Kohut's ideas regarding the development of normal and pathological grandiosity. The main premise is that postpsychotic depression stems from the loss of psychotic grandiosity, and that it is the psychological reaction to the loss of omnipotent identity whose role it is to provide an alternative reality. Through near-experience connectedness, clinicians and practitioners in the psychiatric rehabilitation field can facilitate an empathic milieu in which new mental constructs can be established and new behavioral skills can be learned

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