Letter to the Editor
In Defense of Analysis
Psychiatric News
Volume 38 Number 14 page 30-30

We write to protest the highly disparaging comments concerning psychoanalysis in the letter by Drs. David Brody and Michael Serby ("Off the Couch") in the June 8 issue. Most of their criticisms are clearly unwarranted. For example, "Psychoanalysis," they say, "is simply not effective for addressing the treatment of patients with most psychiatric disorders." Starting with Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysts have never claimed that psychoanalysis can meet the treatment needs of most psychiatrically disordered patients.

As nonpsychoanalysts, we can attest to the remarkable ameliorative (indeed, curative in many cases) effect that psychoanalytic treatment has had on many patients who have failed to respond to a variety of nonpsychoanalytic psychiatric interventions.

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