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Transference and the vicissitudes of medication use by borderline patients.
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PMID:  2685859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper discusses the psychodynamics of medication use by borderline patients who are involved in ongoing psychotherapy. Particular attention must be paid to the transference reactions that these patients have to the therapist and to the medication, and to countertransference responses as well. Shifts in the transference must be monitored, as rapidly fluctuating views of self and other may hamper borderline patients' abilities to use medication responsibly at certain points in treatment. Case examples are used to illustrate the complexities of the prescribing process in such situations. The implications for prescribing strategies are considered.
R J Waldinger; A F Frank
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0033-2747     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1989 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-01-02     Completed Date:  1990-01-02     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376470     Medline TA:  Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  416-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA.
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MeSH Terms
Borderline Personality Disorder / drug therapy,  psychology*
Combined Modality Therapy
Countertransference (Psychology)
Psychoanalytic Therapy*
Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use*
Transference (Psychology)*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Psychotropic Drugs

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