Psychoanalysis Evaluation

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Psychoanalysis Evaluation


  • Psychoanalysts relate depression back to the loss every child experiences when realizing our separateness from our parents early in childhood.  An inability to come to terms with this may leave the person prone to depression or depressive episodes in later life.
  • An analysis of 10,000 patient histories estimated that 80% benefitted from psychoanalysis compared to 60% who received therapies based on different approaches (Bergin)


  • Svartberg and Stiles (1991) and Prochaska and DiClemente (1984) point out that the evidence for its effectiveness is equivocal.
  • Salzman (1980) expresses concerns that psychoanalysis may increase the symptoms of OCDs because of the tendency of such clients to be overly concerned with their actions and to ruminate on their plight (Noonan, 1971).
  • Depressed people may be too inactive or unmotivated to participate in the session.
  • Therapy is very time-consuming and is unlikely to provide answers quickly.
  • They might discover some painful and unpleasant memories that had been repressed, which causes them more distress.


Although it has been proven that Psychoanalysis is effective, the method is subjective on the basis of different therapists' interpretation. In addition to this, psychoanalysis is not effective for all patients and all issues


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