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Abnormal or Obsessive Behaviors
Folie a Deux
I am a professional writer. I am looking for a term, I believe it is foile a deux or something like that--my French is awful, which means a relationship in which two psychotics exacerbate each other's illness by their association.
I need help, please. I have to do research on: "Is there such a thing as Psychological Damage?" And what does it mean to be Psychologically Resilient? Can you please help me by telling me where to search for some answers online.
Is it possible for depression to be so severe that the patient cannot be helped by drugs and/or Jungian analysis?
Could you please refer me to some good sources for information on criminal psychology?
I am looking at aspects like antisocial disorder, compulsive lying, brilliant minds gone astray and what could have caused such shifts and what may be done as treatment.
I don't have any specific questions, but wondered, what, if anything has been authored by yourself and/or any of your colleagues on the following areas which may be of interest to the general audience. They are: 1) High functioning behavioral health patients vs. lower functioning outpatient health facilities for the progression of their wellness (In other words, our "health system ain't keepin up with a high-functioning patient audience so-to-speak. Is regression, that otherwise would have been "progression" imminent with this audience as a result of our health system? 2) Workplace Relation (Violent/Abusive Conduct) Issues and the Emotional Distress and physical manifestations it can bear on one's health...long term; and 3) Creativity in a severely depressed person - is it possible to lose the practical and daily functioning/focusing/concentration power to a heightened and somewhat hidden level of creative skills? Appreciate any info on these topics that would be available.
"Abnormality" in Freud
I have been trying to find out Sigmund Freud's views about abnormality, including if possible, a case study he did.
I'd be interested in your view on the treatment of patients addicted or dependent on psychoactive substances. Between the "disease concept" and the " premorbid personality approach", where is the pendulum situated now?
Our dissertation is about the motivational patterns of adolescent alcohol abuse, so this is our question : What is the psychoanalytical approach to the motivational patterns and consequences in alcohol abuse amongst adolescents?
Do you have any information on mental condition called alexithymia or can you tell me where to get information on it?
Is there anything on Alienation Syndrome in the DSM IV? If there is were would I find it? I've been looking for weeks,and need it for court tomorrow.
I'm doing a research paper on Anorexia Nervosa. How it could be defined from a Psychoanalytic viewpoint? I was curious as to your opinion on the subject.
I am researching bestiality or zoophilic literary works, both East and West. I would be most grateful if anyone would be so kind as to provide me with citation information of major psychoanalytical or psychological writings in this area.
Anxiety Disorders and Psychoanalysis
Are there benefits to treating anxiety disorders with psychoanalysis? Or, is more short-term cognitive behavioral therapy more advantageous?
Can you tell me something about commitment phobia, including the causes and possibility of being "cured"?
Creativity and Psychosis
I am looking for information about the link between creativity and psychosis, particularly opinions on whether the work of the psychotic artist should be held in the same esteem as that produced by a small number of people who are educated in the fine arts.
I am a first year student of psychology and criminology and I am interested in finding research material on the topic of psychoanalytic explanations of criminal behavior - particularly on the internet.
Disabilities and Mental Illness
I am attending college and in a few classes, including psychology, education and some social work classes, we are being taught that people with disabilities often have some sort of mental illness because of their disability. What do you think of this? I'd like to find some scholarly journals that support or disprove this 'theory'.
Double Bind Behavior
Thank you for your response to my questions about dealing with the double bind. How about this one: Assuming that double bind behavior comes from the unconscious, a part of the mind that doesn't think, scheme or plot about how to drive others crazy, could the behavior come from an emotional closure that associates the need to hide a message with an idea of camouflaging it with behavior of the opposite type. Thus, the double-bind message, where both "A" and "not A" are said, driven by an emotional need of the speaker to hide "A" with "not-A." And, the speaker has also to be unaware of the illogic of what's being said. This same unconscious might find conversion a way to handle unacceptable wishes - just act in the opposite way.
Eissler and Loewenstein
Could you possibly give a brief explanation on Eissler and Loewenstein and their analytic backgrounds?
Empty Nest Syndrome
I have been looking, without luck, for information on the empty nest syndrome on the Internet. Could you suggest a direction?
False Memory Syndrome
With all the debate about "false memory syndrome," are there any studies or articles addressing the issue of legitimacy of recovered memories via analysis rather than therapies that encourage the idea that lack of childhood memories/repression automatically indicate childhood sexual abuse? What is the psychoanalytic community's stance on recovered memories?
I'm a Psychology Major and want your opinion on ways that you handle client failure within a therapy session.
Fear of Mice
I was just wondering if anyone could tell me the what the psychoanalytic perspective is on the fear of mice. The more detail you can give me, the better.
Is there any empirical research that suggests a person must grieve a broken relationship of any kind for at least 18 months, or any given time period for that matter. This was suggested by a psychoanalyst and I have serious questions about the validity of setting time limits.
I am conducting research on manic-depression (bipolar disorder), and I can only find a small amount of information on whether or not this disorder is genetic. Can you please give me your standpoint on whether or not bipolar disorder is passed on through the genes, and whether or not it is more common to pass in the male or female chromosome?
Multiple Personality Disorder
I am a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, and I have to write a paper on multiple personality disorder. I need to have two contrasting views. One of them I am looking at is the psychoanalytical approach, but I am unable to find out any information about it. Is there any way you could help me out with this?
Object Relations Inventory
I'm a psychiatrist from Venezuela, and I really appreciate some information about Otto Kernberg's Object Relations Inventory.
Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder
I am writing an essay on obsessive - compulsive disorder, and I was wondering if you have some information for me on this mental illness.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
How do you see the future regarding the attempts made at integrating psychoanalysis/ psychodynamic therapies, and cognitive-cognitive/behavioral therapies? Could you please comment on the outcome of psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic treatment of OCD (not OCPD)? Has anybody written about this topic?
What are the ego functions associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
I understand that obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the most paradigmatic personality disorders. I would like to know something about the latest research regarding etiology, pathology and treatment of this disorder.
Online Psychoanalysis and Narcissism
I live in Argentina. I wonder whether you could help me out on two matters:
2) Are narcissistic disorders cured?
Apart from Freud's, are there any books you could advise me to read?
I'm doing a research paper for school and need some information about the history of Schizophrenia and its treatments. Do you have, or know where, I can find information? I've looked everywhere and still can't find a thing.
Could you please tell me about schizophrenia from the psychoanalytic view?
Schizophrenia and Sexuality
I am a Portuguese psychologist. I am working on a thesis about schizophrenia and sexuality. Can you help me?
I am interested in knowing how psychoanalytic theory considers the serial killer.
Social Anxiety Disorder
I am interested in finding information about social anxiety disorder from a psychodynamic perspective. This includes: diagnosis, treatment and causes of the disorder. So far, I have only been able to find cognitive-behavioral therapies for SAD. I would greatly appreciate any information you might be able to pass along concerning psychodynamics and SAD.
Social Anxiety and Social Phobia
What is thought to be the basis of social anxiety in particular from the psychoanalytic perspective? Could you please suggest where I might find some previous research focusing on social phobia and psychoanalysis?
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