Schizophrenia: Its Origins and Need-Adapted Treatment

Schizophrenia: Its Origins and Need-Adapted Treatment

Schizophrenia: Its Origins and Need-Adapted Treatment

Schizophrenia: Its Origins and Need-Adapted Treatment

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This book includes memorable case vignettes along with research findings and is recommended for clinicians, students, teachers of mental health and those in public policy involved in creating effective treatment methods.

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Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Maudsley Hospital and King's College Hospital (Emeritus)

First published in Finnish in 1993 and now in a new English version, this book offers a comprehensive account of the work of Professor Yrjö Alanen, a distinguished psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who, together with his colleagues, has been active both in clinical practice and in psychiatric research in the field of schizophrenia in Finland, for the last 45 years.

This work has been very successful; it has received wholesale support from the Finnish government and has generated a sophisticated level of psychobiological and psychoanalytical understanding and a comprehensive nation-wide approach to treatment that is both rational and humane. Although the influence of this "need-adapted" approach has spread to many centres throughout Scandinavia, it is relatively unknown in the United Kingdom. Despite the fact that the author has in recent years addressed British Psychoanalytic Society and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, it has produced little sign of serious interest in the work, let alone recognition of its profound implications.

"Schizophrenia" is the psychiatric classification of a group of severe and persistent mental disturbances characterized by the disruption of the processes of rational thinking and perceiving, which . . .

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