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(p. 461) The Value of Depression 

(p. 461) The Value of Depression
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(p. 461) The Value of Depression
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0075
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date: 12 November 2019

In this paper given to the Association of Psychiatric Social Workers, Winnicott describes the state of normal and more severe or psychotic depression from various standpoints. He asserts that depression has value for human growth if the suffering, guilt and mourning related to it can be accomplished satisfactorily. Managing mood variations is an achievement, especially when deep hate is in conflict with the need to love and be loved. Features impeding successful management of depression are failures in the organization of the ego or delusions of persecution operating in the patient. Clinical examples are given.

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