Schizophrenia Is Taking Me Home: Gustav Ichheiser’s Uprooting and His Commitment to Psychiatry

  • Stephan DietrichEmail author
Part of the Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences book series (THHSS)


This chapter analyzes Ichheiser’s unpublished manuscript he wrote about his internment in a psychiatric unit from a psychotherapeutic perspective. His state of mind is related to both the clinical definition of schizophrenia and the condition of persons being persecuted and finally exiled. While we cannot go back to analyze Ichheiser’s mind per se, his manuscript and his life circumstances give much insight into a troubled person that can provide the current reader with examples of how persons migrating and losing their homes may feel in general. Ichheiser’s fate is analyzed from an existential psychotherapeutic approach.


Uprooting Exile Involuntary commitment to psychiatric wards Diagnosis Existential psychotherapeutic approach to being uprooted 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sigmund-Freud-UniversityViennaAustria

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