Based on the world's largest database of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans, Dr. Amen will teach attendees about brain SPECT imaging and then show 50 cases in 60 minutes, including cases of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and dementia.
This presentation will differentiate the clinical characteristics and therapeutic management of several types of severely regressive transferences: typical split transferences of borderline patients, the fragmentation of affective experiences of schizoid personalities the intolerance of triangulation, and the narcissistic transferences. Clinical illustration will exemplify these differential transferences and their clinical management.
Will relate work with: 1. A woman severely abused and traumatized in a family headed by an "evangelical minister father." 2. A severely depressed, suicidal college teacher, from an abusive family, with what appears to be social phobia, inability to maintain personal relationships, etc. 3. Woman diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of 9 and her struggle for survival at age 18. On outpatient medications of 800 mg of Thorazine daily. Videos and other AV materials will illustrate these cases. Group members will be invited to share their "impossible cases" and strategies for change and resolution will be developed.
Topical Panel 17 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000 - Schizophrenia / Severely Disturbed Patients
Featuring Ray Corsini, PhD, Jay Haley, MA, Otto Kernberg, MD, and Michael White, BASW.
Moderated by Ruth McClendon, MSW.
There have been some surprising developments in cognitive approaches to schizophrenia in recent years. Dr. Beck will describe the clinical trials, some of the therapeutic strategies used to modify, if not eliminate, delusions and hallucinations, and a cognitive model for understanding paranoid psychosis. This understanding will enable therapists to add substantially to the improvement provided by medication.
We shall discuss one of the most frequent family processes leading to adolescent psychosis. As a direct consequence of the couple's hidden relational malaise, one of the two parents pseudo-privileges the child over the spouse and instrumentally brings him/her up as the opposite of the spouse in every way. The involuntary cheating about feelings ("imbroglio of affections") enhances the possibility of a psychotic breakdown.
This workshop centers around a videotaped conversation Dr. Szasz had with a young man diagnosed as "schizophrenic" at a major medical center. The conversation effectively demonstrates that "schizophrenia is in the eye of the beholder. "
Ronald Laing (1985) interviews a home-less woman diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Her presenting complaint is that her brain does not work right and that people are out to get her. Laing relates to the client and explores her theories of human conspiracy, the power of the mind and mind reading, issues of Christianity, and how these concepts relate to her.