Psychoanalysis Therapy: Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy for Depression

Question: Explain Psychoanalysis therapy. Is Psychoanalysis used for depression? What is short-term Psychodynamic therapy?

What is Psychoanalysis Therapy

Psychoanalysis is the most long-term, undirected and open ended of the psychotherapeutic and psychodynamic approaches in which the patients may spend a lot of time (years) seeking insights into the roots of their problems or an increased awareness of their unconscious motivations. The central method involves expressing freely anything and everything that comes into your mind which includes memories, feelings and thoughts no matter how small or shameful. For people who follow Freudian View’s strictly, psychoanalysis is the only way to get rid of depression.

Because it forces a depressed individual to shed off the layers of defensiveness that have gathered up with time and resolve old conflicts. But nowadays this view is not very acceptable.

Orthodox psychiatry no longer believes in Freudian psychoanalysis, and the role it plays in the treatment of major psychological or psychotic disorders. However there are a few psychoanalysts who are engaged in private practices.

Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy for Depression

In short-term psychodynamic therapy before the beginning of the therapy the patient and therapist may agree to a fixed number of sessions. The focus here will be on the unresolved conflicts which are still affecting the patient’s life.

In short term therapy, the therapist will limit the discussion to present problems. However the past problems are discussed only if it has a connection or is directly linked to the patient’s present problems.

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