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Friedman, R.C. (2006). Psychodynamic Psychiatry—Past, Present, and Future. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 34(3):471-487.

(2006). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 34(3):471-487

Psychodynamic Psychiatry—Past, Present, and Future

Richard C. Friedman, M.D.

At this point in the history of psychiatry it is important for psychodynamic psychiatry to strengthen its identity as a discipline in its own right—distinct from organized psychoanalysis. Although some of its principles overlap with psychoanalytic psychology, there are important differences. Psychodynamic psychiatry places a greater emphasis on immediate therapeutic outcome. It has a much wider patient base, and flexible models of duration and frequency of treatment. Its assumptions also rest on scientifically validated data to a much larger degree than psychoanalysis. A sturdier identity might help psychodynamic psychiatry stand alongside bio-descriptive psychiatry as a core component of American Psychiatry.

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