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There were many little round, brown men. They were cartoon figures, two dimensional. Then they became three dimensional and then collapsed back again into cartoon figures. It was eerie. Analyst: It’s as if you had been trying to hold on to the power of your psychotic demons in order to organize yourself around them, and, now that their power seems to be subsiding because of our work, you’ve become even more frightened of the terror that psychosis allegedly protected you from. The little round, brown men are faeces-men, reminding you of how, ever since you were a little child, you used anal masturbation to soothe yourself, and in so doing, believed that you entered into the other world, the world of psychosis.

Psychiatric nurses offer a substantial reservoir of psychotherapeutic skill if provided with training and adequate supervision by experienced psychodynamic practitioners, as Alanen (1997) has shown. Formal psychoanalysis, although appropriate and available for only few, remains the essential basis of understanding for this work. 40 A Language for Psychosis • Neuroleptic medication should be used to alleviate severe distress and to allow verbal communication and exploration of psychological conflicts to proceed.

London: Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Pylkkänen Kari (1993) Promoting commitment for psychotherapeutic treatment approach. Experience of the Finnish National Schizophrenia programme 19811991. In Haugsgjerd S, Sandin B, Pylkkänen K, Rosenbaum B (eds) Crossing the Borders Psychotherapy of Psychoses, Nordic Association for the Psychotherapy of Psychoses. Ludvika, Sweden: Dualis. Searles Harold (1965) Collected Papers on Schizophrenia and Related Subjects. New York, International Universities Press, Chapters 6 and 8.

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