Neuroscientifically Inspired Psychoanalysis: Chronic Depression as a Paradigmatical Example
What can neuropsychoanalysis contribute to psychodynamic therapy? This is the central question in the current chapter.
We therefore introduce our own brain imaging study on chronic depression and psychodynamic therapy. A central aspect of psychodynamic therapy is the access to the own memories, specifically, autobiographical memories as distinguished from semantic memories as they are targeted in cognitive-behavioural therapy.
After reviewing some recent findings, we report a single case on chronic depression and how that is related to psychodynamic therapy and brain imaging. The focus is especially put on dreams and memories with both serving and indexing inner transformations in the structure of the ego.
Hence, we consider the treatment of autobiographical memories that allows to integrate trauma into the own self as well as the underlying neurobiological pathways in the brain as crucial to future neuropsychodynamic therapy.
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