People grow old. We are terrified by the fact. And this fear has translated into a pervasive neglect of the elderly across all spheres of living. Now Dr. Hyman Muslin steps forward to challenge the mental health field to reevaluate its perspective on this powerful human resource. The book is written in the effort to dispel some of the myths of aging; to highlight old age as a natural developmental phase and to delineate an effective model of observation, diagnosis and therapy for working with the elderly. Ultimately, Dr. Muslin's message is one of hope - for older individuals currently in need of psychological help and for the elderly self who awaits us all.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD BY BORIS ASTRACHAN, M.D., INTRODUCTION BY STANLEY H. CATH, M.D., 1. A Definition of the Elderly Self, 2. On the Development of the Elderly Self, 3. Psychopathology and Psychotherapy in the Elderly, 4. The Psychotherapies for the Elderly Self: Diagnoses and Plans, 5. The Supportive Psychotherapies, 6. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 7. Psychoanalysis in the Elderly, 8. The Inner World of the Therapist of the Elderly, 9. Epilogue, REFERENCES, NAME INDEX, SUBJECT INDEX
Hyman L. Muslin, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is author of The Psychotherapy of the Self, with Eduardo R. Val, M.D., and Lyndon Johnson: The Tragic Self, a Psychohistorical Portrait, with Thomas Jobe, M.D.