Psychoanalysis at it heart is very simple—the "talking cure".
Psychoanalysis treatment is based on the theory that our present is shaped by our past. We are often unaware of how experiences can affect us. Painful feelings can remain in the unconscious mind and influence our current mood and behaviour and contribute to problems with self-esteem, personality, relationships and work. Because we are unaware of these forces, common problem-solving techniques – such as seeking the advice of friends and family or reading self-help books– often fail to provide relief.
Psychoanalysis helps a person take control of these influences by tracing them back to their origins and understanding how they have developed over time. This awareness offers the person the opportunity to deal constructively with the way these influences affect their current life situation.
Reasons for Seeking Psychoanalytic Treatment
People seek psychoanalytic treatment for many reasons – patterns of failed or destructive relationships, work stress, depression or anxiety, personality disorders or issues around self-identity and sexuality. Some seek therapy after a significant loss, whether through death or divorce, or as a result of a traumatic event or abuse in childhood or adolescence.
A person should seek a psychoanalyst when s/he is facing psychological difficulties s/he cannost cope with, s/he is complaining of various symptoms, is helpless in face of recurrent problems in his/her relationships, becomes dissatisfied or unproductive in his/her work life or profession or loses his/her direction, objective and enthusiasm in his/her journey through life.
Conditions Treated by Psychoanalysis
Some of the problems treated by psychoanalysis include:
- Generalised Anxiety
- Sexual Problems
- Self-Destructive Behaviour
- Persistent Psychological Problems, Disorders of Identity
- Psychosomatic Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders