Psychodynamic Therapies

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  • Psychodynamic  Therapies
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      • Psychoanalysis based on assumption that individuals  unaware of influence of unconscious conflicts on their current psychological state
      • Therapist creates an alliance with patient by offering help with what patient perceives as the problem
      • All psychodynamic therapies build trust with patient by replacing harsh parental conscience with one that is more supportive
      • As patient gets healthier they take a more active role
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      • Meta-analysis - 66% of those receiving psychotherpay improved after treatment, 35% didn't
      • Some forms of psychodynamic therapy can even be harmful in treatment of schizophrenia
      • Research on effectiveness of pshchodynamic therapy shows contradictory findings
      • 'Supportive' psychotherpies appropriate when combined with medication
      • Psychodynamic therapy is long and expensive, but may have benefits in that it might make patients more able to seek employmeny
      • Methodological limitations of psychodynamic outcome studies include lack of random allocation to therapy conditions


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