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More than ever, the aging process is recognized as carrying a special set of emotional challenges–especially when acute or chronic medical conditions are involved. In this light, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness presents a fresh, contemporary application of psychodynamic theory, addressing the complex issues surrounding declining health. Informed by the spectrum of psychodynamic thought from self, relational, and classical theories, this forward looking volume offers more modern interpretations of theory, and techniques for working with a growing, complicated, but surprisingly resilient population. It illuminates how to enhance the therapeutic relationship in key areas such as addressing body- and self-image issues, approach sensitive topics, and understand the disconnect that can occur between medical patients and the often impersonal, technology-driven health care system. At the same time, the author cogently argues for pluralism in a therapeutic approach that is frequently threatened by forces both within and outside the field. Among the topics covered: Medical illness as trauma. Idealization and the culture of medicine. Normative and pathological narcissism in the ill and/or aging patient. Noncompliant and self-destructive behaviors. Transference and countertransference issues. Psychotherapy with cognitively impaired adults. Grief, loss, and hope. Expanding on what we know and candid about what we don’t, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness offers mental health researchers and practitioners an insightful framework for improving the lives of older patients.

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Expanding on what we know and candid about what we don't, this book presents a contemporary application of psychodynamic theory and addresses the complex issues surrounding declining health. Its aim is to ultimately improve the lives of older patients.

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From the reviews: "In Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness, Tamara McClintock Greenberg provides the medical and psychological community with an exceptionally incisive and truly groundbreaking tour de force. The book picks up where the biopsychosocial model of George L. Engel, M.D. left off in the middle of the 20 th century and expands that view with a new depth. As such, this work remedies what many have considered to be the limitations of that theory. Dr. Greenberg has illuminated the factors implicated in health and illness with a clear and concise perspective culled from the best of contemporary psychoanalytic psychology in a manner not previously accomplished. This work will be valued by all who come into contact with illness, suffering, pain, aging and death. With clearly elucidated concepts, vivid clinical examples and the benefit of her own personal narrative, the book is both compelling and educative. For those who work in medical settings, especially in health psychology and consultation liaison psychiatry, this text presents the definitive study of the nature of the experience of caring for sick people in our society. It will be required reading for a long time to come." - Marilyn S. Jacobs, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles "Dr. Tamra McClintock Greenberg, in her new book, Psychodynamic Perpectives on Aging and Illness ... presents keen insights for understanding your parents feelings and behaviors. The book is geared towards professionals who work with the 'aging population,' ... . After reading her book I thought you would find a session with Dr. Greenberg ... interesting. ... I will be sure to recommend your book to all the staff ... ." (The Huffington Post, October, 2009) "Taking a more modern approach to the application of psychodynamic theories to aging and illness, this book emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and current relational functioning. ... both experienced clinicians and patients may find this book helpful. ... graduate students in clinical/counseling psychology and social work also would find it helpful. ... This is a great book for clinicians who want to use psychodynamic theory with the elderly." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, June, 2010) "This is a straightforward read, offered to present-day medical practi- tioners and mental health professionals to help with the art of treating older people. It examines this burgeoning population with a wide lens, taking in every feature, especially its impact on all the professionals pro- viding therapy: psychiatrists, psychologists, internists, and neurologists, as well as nurses, caseworkers, and personal caregivers. The author ad- dresses the technical and conceptual challenges, the major dynamics in these treatments, and the role of medical conditions...Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness will provide the essential optimism, confidence, and technical proficiency needed for clinicians coping with referrals from the aging population." (Anna Burton, MD., The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2011) "The purpose of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness is to highlight the need to better understand and apply psychodynamic theory and associated psychodynamic approaches to the treatment and care of older adults. The book argues that understanding aging-related reactions and sub- sequent adaptation issues needs a reconceptualization, shifting from a more "traditional" intervention approach to an approach grounded in psychoanalytic thought. The target audience for this book is practitioners caring for an aging population, geriatric clinicians, and anyone wishing to better understand personal reactions to aging. However, it is not necessary for the reader to have a background in psychoanalytic training to generally understand the ideas expressed in the chapters. Furthermore, the book is a useful guide for most individual