As we deal with emotional issues on a daily basis, we realize the importance of considering the full complexity of emotional, physical and social patterns, so that in addition to help a patient alleviate symptoms, psychoanalytical psychotherapy improves overall emotional and social functioning.
Mental health comprises more than simply the absence of symptoms. It involves a person´s overall mental functioning, including relationships, emotional depth, range, and regulation, coping capacities and self-observing abilities.
To ignore mental complexity is to ignore the very phenomena of concern. After all, our mental complexity defines our most human qualities.
In order to provide that approach and goals in psychotherapy, we require a psychodynamically based diagnosis system that highlights the processes that contribute to emotional and social functioning. This system includes a variety of psychological, psychodynamic, psychiatric and neurological tests, that depending on the consulting issues, will be performed to the patient both at Psicoanalítica and with the specialists that work in alliance with us.
Psychoanalytical diagnosis addresses the full range of mental functioning. Its approach to personality disorders identifies patterns that capture the quality and degree of impairment in such basic capacities as forming and maintaining relationships, regulating affects, moods, and impulses and carrying out essential human functions in family, educational, social and work settings.
The identification of symptom patterns in psychoanalytical diagnosis adds to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders´ descriptions, (DSM: Diagnostic and Statistic manual of Mental Disorders), an understanding of the patient´s unique internal experience of his or her problems.
Psychoanalytical Diagnosis is a way to diagnose mental disorders that attempts to include and understand the person as a whole, the depth as well as the surface of emotional, cognitive, and social functioning, emphatsizing both individual variations as well as commonalities, by using certain psychological assessement tests and tools, adequate for the different issues we deal with everyday.
To integrate the results of the tests and exams we practice, we consider the following:
As we said, psychoanalytical diagnosis adds an integrative perspective to existing diagnostic systems, such as DSM and ICD, for it allows us to integrate the symptom patterns described in such systems, as well as to describe and categorize personality patterns, related social and emotional capacities, unique mental profiles, and personal experiences of symptoms.
This kind of diagnosis assessment provides us with a framework for improving our treatment approach and understand both the biological and psychological origins of mental health and illness and the unique ways a person experiences all of these.