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
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, theyacan 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
- clinical evidence supporting the concept of a psychotic
- 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
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