Psychodynamic approaches to suicide and self-harm

Yakeley, Jessica and Burbridge-James, William (2018) Psychodynamic approaches to suicide and self-harm. BJPsych Advances, 24 (1). pp. 37-45. ISSN Print ISSN: 2056-4678 ; Online ISSN: 2056-4686

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Rates of suicide and self-harm are rising in many countries, and it is therapeutically important to explore the personal stories and relationships that underlie this behaviour. In this article psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles and concepts in relation to violence towards the self are introduced and the various unconscious meanings of suicide and self-harm are explored within a relational context and attachment framework. We describe how a psychodynamic approach may enhance the risk assessment and treatment of patients presenting with self-harm and suicidality, particularly examining the role of transference and countertransference within the therapeutic relationship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suicide, Self-Harm, Death
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Self Harm
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Suicide
Department/People: Special Units

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