The Psychotic Wavelength provides a psychoanalytical framework for
clinicians to use in everyday general psychiatric practice and
discusses how psychoanalytic ideas can be of great value when used
in the treatment of seriously disturbed and disturbing psychiatric
patients with psychoses, including both schizophrenia and the
affective disorders. In this book Richard Lucas suggests that when
clinicians are faced with psychotic patients, the primary concern
should be to make sense of what is happening during their
breakdown. He refers to this as tuning into the psychotic
wavelength, a process that allows clinicians to distinguish
between, and appropriately address, the psychotic and non-psychotic
parts of the personality. He argues that if clinicians can find and
identify the psychotic wavelength, they can more effectively help
the patient to come to terms with the realities of living with a
psychotic disorder. Divided into five parts and illustrated
throughout with illuminating clinical vignettes, case examples and
theoretical and clinical discussions, this book covers: the case
for a psychoanalytical perspective on psychosis a historical
overview of psychoanalytical theories for psychosis clinical
evidence supporting the concept of a psychotic wavelength the
psychotic wavelength in affective disorders implications for
management and education. The Psychotic Wavelength is an essential
resource for anyone working with disturbed psychiatric patients. It
will be of particular interest to junior psychiatrists and nursing
staff and will be invaluable in helping to maintain treatment aims
and staff morale. It will also be useful for more experienced
psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.
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