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The Common Dynamics of Psychiatry James P. Gustafson

The Common Dynamics of Psychiatry

James P. Gustafson

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The four hundred plus diagnoses of DSM-IV turn out to have a pattern that connects them which is the one deep illness of the modern mind (with a few exceptions): namely, being run down by ones role in the world, and being compensated byMoreThe four hundred plus diagnoses of DSM-IV turn out to have a pattern that connects them which is the one deep illness of the modern mind (with a few exceptions): namely, being run down by ones role in the world, and being compensated by gratifications. The deterioration of role is signaled by anxiety and depression, and the compensations take ten different forms, namely, histrionics, avoidance, obsessive-compulsiveness, perversity, alcohol and drug abuse, narcissism and antisocial reactions, borderline conditions, guilt (negative therapeutic reactions), mania and paranoid psychosis. This is the dynamics of the common people.