Psychoanalysis as a positive interventions in the treatment of schizophrenia

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Kennedy, Yvonne
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BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dublin Business School
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Endeavour to demonstrate psychoanalysis as a positive intervention in the treatment of schizophrenia. Questions compelling research and investigation for this Final Year Project; What happens to the ‘I’, the self in schizophrenia? In the disintegration of the self and the diminishment of boundaries between reality and phantasy what happens to the unconscious and the psyche. How does the language of Schizophrenia; this concoction of bizarre mutterings, delusions and hallucinations, function, for the Schizophrenic? How does the person experience the disintegration associated with Schizophrenia? Can psychoanalysis assist in developing a sense of self and an awareness of the other? The author would like to further investigate the question; is psychosis connected to the very thing that makes us human? However this lies outside the scope of this Final Year Project. Author keywords: Schizophrenia, Psychoanalysis