Panic disorder in the relational mind. Group-analytic perspectives

Journal title GRUPPI
Author/s Maria Teresa Gargano, Emanuela Coppola, Girolamo Lo Verso
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/3
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 91-104 File size 123 KB
DOI 10.3280/GRU2011-003007
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Still today the scientific community is debating on the clinical autonomy of panic disorder. The cause of PD is explored through a group-analytic perspective. The "internal groups" and an unconscious sense of guilt obstruct the subject’s planning initiatives. The internal “matrix” causes a conflict between the hunger for autonomy and the need of dependency. Contamination between group-analytic theory and clinical practice allows to highlight specific approaches, such as emotional adjustment and implicit self-knowledge. The analysis of alliance rupture-repair sequences allows the patient to internalize mental functions which are able to retain, digest and absorb the interpretations of the therapist and gradually develop trust in the bond.

Keywords: Panic disorder, relational dependence, family background, psycho-anthropological specificity, therapeutic alliance, group-analytic therapy.

Maria Teresa Gargano, Emanuela Coppola, Girolamo Lo Verso, Il DAP nella mente relazionale. Chiavi di lettura gruppoanalitiche in "GRUPPI" 3/2011, pp 91-104, DOI: 10.3280/GRU2011-003007