About complementarity: psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment

Author/s Massimo De Berardinis
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 101-113 File size 1524 KB
DOI 10.3280/RSF2012-001006
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The author describes different characteristics of the relationship between patient, symptoms, medication, therapist and context. These factors are analysed from within a setting of group psychotherapy that includes psychopharmacological treatment. The author stresses how drugs perform their specific biochemical action producing in addition a specific psychodynamic impact. He gives an example of the interference of drugs on the relational dependence between patients, therapist and illness. The concept of "effectiveness" of drugs in a treatment is likewise relativised and reinterpreted by patient and therapist, in relation to the institutional and transferral setting of the treatment.

Keywords: Group psychotherapy, psychotropic drugs, combined therapy.

Massimo De Berardinis, A proposito di complementarità: psicoterapia e trattamento psicofarmacologico in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 1/2012, pp 101-113, DOI: 10.3280/RSF2012-001006