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Marcus, E.R. (2007). Transference and Countertransference to Medication and its Implications for Ego Function. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 35(2):211-218.
    

(2007). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 35(2):211-218

Transference and Countertransference to Medication and its Implications for Ego Function

Eric R. Marcus, M.D.

Transference to medication can provide important information about specific ego dysfunction in sicker patients who often need medication. Whether positive or negative or both in content, the organization of the experience provides one example of the illness' effect on the patients' ego and can therefore be a specific diagnostic assessment strategy. Early resistances to medication may reveal the nature of resistances to the therapeutic alliance and to higher-level ego function. Understanding this can guide verbal and pharmacological interventions to strengthen ego function. Countertransference can similarly be helpful because it, too, can be a highly specific diagnostic indicator,

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