Special Issue "Evolving Concepts in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Gianluca Rosso
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Guest Editor
Department of Neurosciences, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
Interests: short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy; brief dynamic therapy; bipolar disorder; major depressive disorder; treatment-resistant depression; obsessive-compulsive disorder; psychopharmacological treatments; perinatal psychiatry; translational psychiatry; peripheral biomarkers of mood disorders
Dr. Enrica Marzola
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Guest Editor
Department of Neurosciences, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
Interests: anorexia nervosa; eating disorders; psychopathology; psychodynamic psychotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While psychoanalysis has evolved considerably since Freud laid its foundations, and a multitude of schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy with different theoretical and practical approaches now exist, some of Freud's original principles remain essential. However, the psychoanalytic model wasn’t based on systematic research and efficacy studies have been neglected in psychodynamic psychotherapy for a long time. Nowadays, research on psychodynamic psychotherapy in the clinical practice setting faces numerous obstacles, such as limited funding, resistance of clinicians, continuity of research staff, adherence to specific treatment manuals, and the use of reliable and valid measures for diagnoses and treatment outcomes. Furthermore, little is known about how the influence of the therapist's subjective characteristics and non-therapy specific factors can be adjusted for a research setting.

In the last decades, the interest for short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies has increased and these time-limited techniques have become more important, giving a particular care to evaluation of results and applicability in public health services. Various meta-analyses, including some with innovative models based on individual participant data, have addressed the efficacy of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies in specific psychiatric disorders such as major depression. However, the efficacy of time-limited techniques compared to long-term psychodynamic psychotherapies is still a matter of debate, especially in complex mental disorders.

Since the DSM-III was published in 1980, psychiatric nosography chose to change its framework (previously based on psychoanalytic model) and to adopt a descriptive, Kraepelinian approach that persists worldwide to this day. Nevertheless, selected psychoanalytic ideas are still useful in psychiatry, and bio-psycho-social integrations remain a challenge in order to understand and treat patients with psychiatric disorders.

This Special Issue, entitled “Evolving Concepts in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” will address benefits/limits as well as methodological issues of integrating psychodynamic therapy techniques in patients with various psychiatric disorders. Submissions of original clinical trials and observational studies on psychodynamic psychotherapies, as well as high quality scoping reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and reviews of reviews/umbrella reviews are welcome.

Prof. Gianluca Rosso
Dr. Enrica Marzola
Guest Editors

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  • psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • brief dynamic therapy
  • time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychotherapy
  • integrated treatments
  • psychosocial treatments

Published Papers

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