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Psychodynamic Aspects in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • F. M. Ferro
  • G. Riefolo
  • D. A. Nesci
  • S. Mazza
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 209)

Abstract

The paper by Rabin et al.[l] of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine (Nashville) in which he relates his own experience as an ALS patient is more effective than any review of the literature in understanding the psychological impact of this disease. Before introducing our psychodynamic approach to the psychological problems of this ‘incurable’ illness, we will review some data from the few psychiatric studies that have been published on this topic. We shall focus on four aspects which have been dealt with by different authors: the personality of the patients, the defense mechanisms, the locus of control and the problem of depression.

Keywords

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patient Personality Style Therapeutic Program Death Anxiety 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. M. Ferro
    • 1
  • G. Riefolo
    • 1
  • D. A. Nesci
    • 1
  • S. Mazza
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryCatholic UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of NeurologyCatholic UniversityRomeItaly

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