Freud and the psychoanalytic view of mood disorders

For most of the twentieth century, however, the psychoanalytic 'climate of opinion' prevailed. Freud's classic work on mood disorders, 'Mourning and melancholia', (12) set the tone. It argues that melancholia is essentially analogous to the depressive feelings of normal experiences, like bereavement. To Freud, the depressive process in mourning arises from the tension between ambivalent feelings toward the dead parent, like love and aggression. Melancholia was conceived to involve similar ambivalent feelings. Freud's basic insight into the connection between mourning and melancholia was expanded by later psychoanalysts into the general theory that depression is related to feelings of hostility towards another person, often one's parents. These unacceptably hostile feelings turned inwards toward oneself, rather than outwards toward others, leading to depression.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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