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American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry

American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry

The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) is the affiliate society of the American Psychiatric Association dedicated to psychiatrists interested in all aspects of psychodynamic psychiatry.

The AAPDP provides psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychiatrists with a forum to promote psychodynamic understanding when evaluating and treating psychiatric patients in clinical practice, medical education, and residency training.

For more information about the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry please go to our website.


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The author presents a fictionalized case based on a real patient to encourage colleagues to pursue psychodynamic psychiatry.

Figure. Levels of psychological impairment

Supportive psychotherapy can serve as the first bridge out of social isolation and marginalization and addresses personality issues, such as deficits in character structure and defense mechanisms.


From a psychodynamic and neurobiological perspective, the recommendation to screen all pregnant and postpartum women for depression and anxiety falls short of what is actually needed to improve the lives of many mothers and their infants and children.

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