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(p. 65) The Effect of Psychosis on Family Life 

(p. 65) The Effect of Psychosis on Family Life
(p. 65) The Effect of Psychosis on Family Life

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 11 April 2021

In this paper, Winnicott argues that psychosis is an illness of a psychological nature, in some cases with a physical basis, which is concerned with the elements of human personality and existence. It is a term that includes schizophrenia, manic depression and melancholia with more or less paranoid complications. Winnicott argues that psychosis represents an organization of defences, and behind all organized defences is the threat of confusion, a breakdown of integration. Winnicott indicates there is acute need for preventive measures, especially in the provision of mental care for children, perhaps in a residential centre where children live indefinitely and could be taken for daily treatment by psycho-analysts. Winnicott proposes that psychosis proper indicates a disturbance of emotional development at an early stage. In some cases a hereditary tendency to psychosis is strong, whereas in others it is not a significant feature.

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