Month: July 2016

  • Is it a medical or a psychological condition?

    “Sometimes patients believe their physical condition explains psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety. The diagnosis can, e.g., be hypothyroidism. The patient then believes this is why she has been depressed, sad, without energy and joie de vivre. The physical diagnosis becomes used as another defense, making psychological treatment very difficult. How I can intervene…

  • Portrayal or Acting out?

    “I explored a patient’s feeling toward me and this led her to resist closer contact. As I continued, her rage rose toward me. She pictured an impulse toward me then something surprising happened! She stood up from her chair, approached me and took an intimidating posture toward me, standing really close. I reached out my…