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Interpersonal view on physical ­illnesses and mental disorders


Leuchtmann, Lorena; Bodenmann, Guy (2017). Interpersonal view on physical ­illnesses and mental disorders. Swiss Archives of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 168(6):170-174.

Abstract

hysical illnesses and psychological disorders are typically viewed as ­individual phenomena, with causes for the diseases lying in the organism, either in medical conditions (severe infections, cancer, coronary heart problems, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, etc.) or in pathological mental ­processes within the person (dysfunctional information processing, deficient social skills, deficient emotion-regulation skills, etc.). In consequence, the treatment of physical and psychological disorders is commonly individual-centered, aiming to improve health conditions within the person ­affected by the disease. In this article a systemic-transactional understanding of disorders is presented, where both partners are viewed as suffering from the disease but also able to engage in joint coping efforts (“we-­disease”). The notion of we-disease is explained and its implications for clinical work is outlined.

Abstract

hysical illnesses and psychological disorders are typically viewed as ­individual phenomena, with causes for the diseases lying in the organism, either in medical conditions (severe infections, cancer, coronary heart problems, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, etc.) or in pathological mental ­processes within the person (dysfunctional information processing, deficient social skills, deficient emotion-regulation skills, etc.). In consequence, the treatment of physical and psychological disorders is commonly individual-centered, aiming to improve health conditions within the person ­affected by the disease. In this article a systemic-transactional understanding of disorders is presented, where both partners are viewed as suffering from the disease but also able to engage in joint coping efforts (“we-­disease”). The notion of we-disease is explained and its implications for clinical work is outlined.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:DoktoratPsych Erstautor
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:01 Nov 2017 16:24
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:05
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
ISSN:2297-6981
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4414/sanp.2017.00516

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