1st Edition

Successful Drug-Free Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia

By Revella Levin Copyright 2018
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Successful Drug-Free Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia offers a close examination of how to treat schizophrenic patients using psychotherapy rather than drugs, applying derivatives of psychodynamic principles in treating patients. The author provides real examples throughout of how therapists can resolve patients’ emotional conflicts with better outcomes than by resorting to drugs. She presents methods that allow patients to avoid the neurological damage and obesity that can often result from the use of anti-psychotic drugs. The practical techniques and advice this book offers enable therapists to resolve the chaos of schizophrenia using psychotherapy alone. Theoretically, this book can also be useful for work with depressives.

    1. Introduction
    2. Awakening the Schizophrenic Dreamer
    3. The Difference Between Infantile Omnipotence vs. Grandiosity
    4. Bathsheba: A 19 Year Recalcitrant Case of Schizophrenic Requiring 20 Months to get to the Neurotic Level
    5. "Black Hole" Phenomena: Deficit or Defense? A Case Report
    6. Addendum to " Black Hole Phenomena: Deficit or Defense?
    7. Faith, Paranoia, and Trust in the Psychoanalytic Relationship
    8. John Rosen: Genius or Quack?: Historical Reflections of A Former Student
    9. Five Errors in Freud's Structural Theory and Their Consequences
    10. Communicating with the Schizophrenic Superego
    11. Communicating with the Schizophrenic Superego Revisited: A New Technique
    12. Identification with the Schizophrenic Superego
    13. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say"; or, Karl Abraham Revisited
    14. Opposing Opinions as to Treatment of Wishes and Hopes Pathology: A Response to Salman Akhtar
    15. The Excuses For "Supportive" rather than "Active" Psychotherapy
    16. Toward a More Optimistic View of What Analysts Can Achieve
    17. The Burned-Out Therapist
    18. How to Decrease Your Chances of Getting Hurt or Killed When Working with a Schizophrenic Patient
    19. Technique: Do’s and Don’ts
    20. Side-Effects of Anti-Psychotic Drugs
    21. Epilogue


    Revella Levin, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist based in New York.

    'Dr. Levin is an experienced, effective psychotherapist for schizophrenics and treats them without medication because in fact that’s the treatment of choice. I have known her for years, and I am glad to see that she is sharing her experience and know-how with the rest of us.'

    —Bertram Karon, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University; author of Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: The Treatment of Choice