For some years, there has been an unfortunate tendency in the UK for psychiatry and psychoanalysis to be perceived as in opposition to one another, to the detriment of both disciplines. Rather than see 'organic' psychiatry on one side and 'dynamic' psychiatry on the other, the British Psychoanalytical Society now wishes to try to foster closer links between psychoanalysis and psychiatry. To this end, psychoanalysts have been going out to give presentations of their work to various psychiatric departments, in the hope of building up increasing understanding both of current developments in analytic thinking, and of how analysts can learn from psychiatric colleagues. The authors learned, from their experience of putting on a number of Freud events, that there is a great hunger to know more about psychoanalysis, particularly among young people, both those in psychiatric training and in the wider community. In parts of the academic world, there is a particular interest in psychoanalysis; indeed the most subscribed courses in some of our most prestigious universities are those where psychoanalysis is involved.
Ronald Doctor, FRCPsych, is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Chair of the NHS Liaison Committee, British Psychoanalytical Society, Chair of the Association of the Psychoanalytical Psychotherapists in the NHS (APP), Academic Secretary of the Psychotherapy Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London. He has a particular interest in forensic psychotherapy, and he has edited two books: 'Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management' (2003); and 'Murder: A Psychotherapeutic Investigation' (2008). Richard Lucas was Consultant Psychiatrist at St Anne's Hospital and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He had a particular interest in the integration of analytic concepts within general psychiatry and has written on many related subjects, including the psychotic wavelength, puerperal psychosis, and cyclical psychosis. He received the OBE in 2003 for his contribution to the Disability Living Allowance Award Board.
ContentsABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS PREFACE by Roger KennedyINTRODUCTION by Richard Lucas and Ronald DoctorCHAPTER ONEMind and matter: a psychoanalytic perspective - Ronald BrittonCHAPTER TWODiscussion of Ronald Britton's chapter on mind and matter - Leon KleimbergCHAPTER THREEMechanisms of change in mentalization-based treatment of borderline personality disorder - Peter Fonagy & Anthony W. BatemanCHAPTER FOURDiscussion of "Mechanisms of change in mentalization-based treatment of borderline personality disorder"by Peter Fonagy & Anthony Bateman - Robin AndersonCHAPTER FIVEExploring the inner world in a patient suffering from manic-depression - Trudie RossouwCHAPTER SIXResponse to the chapter by Trudie Rossouw on manic-depression - Richard LucasCHAPTER SEVENWhere is the unconscious in dementia? - Sandra EvansCHAPTER EIGHTDiscussion of Sandra Evans' chapter "Where is the unconscious in dementia?" - Margot WaddellINDEX