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Experiences of Schizophrenia: An Integration of the Personal, Scientific, and Therapeutic
     

Experiences of Schizophrenia: An Integration of the Personal, Scientific, and Therapeutic

by Michael D. Robbins
 
The book interweaves an explication of the nature and treatment of schizophrenia, drawn from interlocking perspectives including organic, psychological, interpersonal, familial, and socio-cultural, with five of the most detailed case reports of treatment to be found in the literature.

This book is basic reading for all human science professionals interested in the

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The book interweaves an explication of the nature and treatment of schizophrenia, drawn from interlocking perspectives including organic, psychological, interpersonal, familial, and socio-cultural, with five of the most detailed case reports of treatment to be found in the literature.

This book is basic reading for all human science professionals interested in the study and treatment of mental illness, in philosophical and practical questions about the relationships among the scientific disciplines, or in broad questions about the connections among the individual, the family, and social structure.

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"In a psychiatric era in which biological reductionism runs rampant, this impressive new volume by Michael Robbins demands attention. With erudition, grace, and sophistication, he reminds us that persons with schizophrenia live out their lives in an internal psychological world that cries out for understanding. Although a psychoanalyst, the author avoids the trap of privileging psychology over biology. With an extraordinary command of the literature and superb scholarship, he compellingly demonstrates the importance of thinking pluralistically about the treatment of schizophrenia. Robbins is one of a handful of clinicians who has devoted his professional career to the intensive psychotherapeutic treatment of severely disturbed patients. This book, the crowning achievement of his life's work, should be read and re-read by all clinicians who work with psychotically disturbed patients." —Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Medical Director, C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital

"In this very important and timely work, Michael Robbins offers us the harvest of a long, dedicated, and unusual career in the psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenic patients. He candidly offers his failures and credibly presents his successes and shows his unusual gift for integrating a psychoanalytic model of understanding and treatment with neurobiological, social, and psychological perspectives. His work constitutes a clarion call to revive interest in an all but lost focus of treatment, and he offers his long, hard-won experience to support his message." —James Grotstein, M.D.

"Dr. Robbins documents his extraordinary experience in this therapeutic realm with engrossing narrative, gripping candor, and eloquent scholarly perspective. The data is timeless and provides an uncommon text for personal or group study in the assessment of psychotherapy's role in the long-term treatment of schizophrenia." —Sheldon Roth, M.D., Harvard Medical School

"At long last, we have a book integrating the perspectives of every relevant discipline about the conundrum of schizophrenia! Michael Robbins writes with passion and clarity; EXPERIENCES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA is destined to be the standard reference of this decade for clinicians ready to do reparative work with patients who suffer from this syndrome. In addition to splendid case reports illustrating a variety of outcomes, Robbins offers a persuasive clinical theory explicating the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, including biological, psychological, and familial determinants. This is essential reading for those of us concerned with developing a comprehensive theory of mental functions." —John E. Gedo, M.D.
 

American Journal of Psychoanalysis
"...simply the best and most important book on the subject to come to print in decades."
Psychoanalytic Books
"...this is a must book for anyone involved in or interested in the treatment of severely ill psychotic patients....For psychiatric residents and psychologists training in a hospital setting, I cannot imagine a better and more thoughtful and informative guide to understanding the complexity of their therapeutic task. For other interested readers, they can anticipate a profound and informative introduction to the world and experience of the schizophrenic."
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"The author does an excellent job describing the complex psychological issues involved in treatment through the use of detailed, insightful accounts of long-term psychotherapies of five persons...I would recommend this book to all mental health providers working with persons with schizophrenia."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898629972
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/30/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
511
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Robbins, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is a psychoanalyst affiliated with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society. He has applied his psychoanalytic knowledge to the understanding and treatment of seriously disturbed persons, both in an office setting and at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, where he is currently an Attending Psychiatrist. There he has also been in charge of treatment wards, was Director of Admissions, and has done much teaching and consulting. Dr. Robbins has published extensively in the psychoanalytic literature on the theory and treatment of seriously disturbed persons and on related issues of infant and child development. In 1983, he was awarded the Felix and Helene Deutsch Prize by the Boston Psychoanalytic Society for his paper, "Toward a New Mind Model for the Primitive Personalities."

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