Integrating psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology: a review of the literature of combined treatment for affective disorders.

@article{Lebovitz2004IntegratingPA,
  title={Integrating psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology: a review of the literature of combined treatment for affective disorders.},
  author={Phil S Lebovitz},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={32 4},
  pages={585-96}
}
Affective distress has been a double-edged sword in psychoanalytic treatment. Motivation for treatment develops when emotional discomfort reaches a threshold of intolerable pain. When distress rises above a certain limit, the patient becomes flooded and overwhelmed by affects that severely compromise his/her capability of utilizing psychoanalytic treatment. The psychoanalytic therapist's dilemma has been whether prescribing medication facilitates treatment or undermines and/or distorts… CONTINUE READING