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(p. 409) The Mentally Ill in Your Caseload 

(p. 409) The Mentally Ill in Your Caseload
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(p. 409) The Mentally Ill in Your Caseload
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0070
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date: 12 November 2019

In this talk delivered to social workers, Winnicott brings his understanding of professional psychiatry, with its attempts to treat severe mental illness using a more humane approach, together with his belief in dynamic psychology—the emotional development of the individual derived from the study of psychoanalysis—into a closer connection with one another. He charts a brief outline of psychoanalysis and interprets the psychoses through it. He sees the importance of early environmental factors in mental illness and the possible effects of this on maturation. He comments on depression both normal and psychotic in type, on his theories of personalization, of feeling real, and, through early dependence, the gradual growth of the functioning self. He also gives an empathic view of the role of the social worker in the difficult work of treating acute mental ill health.

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