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Medusag's stare: A case study of working with self-disturbance in the early phase of Schizophrenia

B Nelson, LA Sass

Clinical Case Studies | Published : 2009


The present therapeutic case study demonstrates how concepts from phenomenological psychiatry can be applied to treatment of the early phase of schizophrenia. The case described here is of a 22-year-old man seen at a youth mental health service who experienced a catatonic episode with residual cognitive symptoms. The notion of a disturbed basic sense of self"" based on the ipseity-hyperreflexivity model and the concept of ontological anxiety""formed the basis of the clinical formulation and treatment. These concepts highlight the patientg's vulnerabilities and difficulties in interpersonal contact. In addition they help to clarify potential dangers inherent in " objectifying" the patient, in..

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