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What was psychoanalysis? I don't hear about anybody doing that anymore, but only about people taking medications.

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Still exists

Invented by sigmund freud about 120 yrs ago, psychoanalysis was the first modern form of psychotherapy.
It has fallen out of favor due to high cost and many sessions per week, but it still exists. Although less intense forms of therapy (1 or 2 times a week) have largely taken its place, certain personality issues are still best treated with psychoanalysis.

In brief: Still exists

Invented by sigmund freud about 120 yrs ago, psychoanalysis was the first modern form of psychotherapy.
It has fallen out of favor due to high cost and many sessions per week, but it still exists. Although less intense forms of therapy (1 or 2 times a week) have largely taken its place, certain personality issues are still best treated with psychoanalysis.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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In brief: A specific therapy

Classical psychoanalysis, still much practiced actually, is the original form of psychotherapy from which many other forms emerged.
It consists of multiple ~1 hr sessions per week in which the analysand verbalizes to the analyst anything he or she thinks. This is a great deal more challenging than it might at first seem.

In brief: A specific therapy

Classical psychoanalysis, still much practiced actually, is the original form of psychotherapy from which many other forms emerged.
It consists of multiple ~1 hr sessions per week in which the analysand verbalizes to the analyst anything he or she thinks. This is a great deal more challenging than it might at first seem.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Jason Berman
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Talk therapy

Began as psychoanalysis which is a more frequent and intense version talk therapy.
Psychoanalysis is alive and well and offered in most major US cities. You can learn more about it at the American Psychoanalytic Association online and even find a psychoanalyst near you through that site. It has helped many people and still does.

In brief: Talk therapy

Began as psychoanalysis which is a more frequent and intense version talk therapy.
Psychoanalysis is alive and well and offered in most major US cities. You can learn more about it at the American Psychoanalytic Association online and even find a psychoanalyst near you through that site. It has helped many people and still does.
Dr. Jason Berman
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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine
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In brief: Behavior therapy

Psychoanalysis is a term that is often not used, now commonly called behavioral or cognitive therapy.
Some lay people may refer to it as seeing a counselor. It is still widely practiced among both psychologists and psychiatrists and is still highly regarded as one of the best methods for treating many psychological disorders, often with combination medical treatment.

In brief: Behavior therapy

Psychoanalysis is a term that is often not used, now commonly called behavioral or cognitive therapy.
Some lay people may refer to it as seeing a counselor. It is still widely practiced among both psychologists and psychiatrists and is still highly regarded as one of the best methods for treating many psychological disorders, often with combination medical treatment.
Dr. Malinda Linn
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2 comments
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychoanalysis is a different form of therapy from behavioral or cognitive therapy. These are not just new terms for counseling, but an entirely different format for the work also.
Dr. Bruce Lochner
I amplify what Dr. Pappas has written - psychoanalysis is not to be confused behavioral or cognitive therapy. Psychoanalysis emphasizes the meaning (often unconscious) of symptoms or inhibited functioning as a way of helping the patient.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: I am an analyst

Psychoanalysis is still practiced, but not as widely as it once was.
Also, psychoanalysis has evolved and moved away from strict Freudian orthodoxy, and as it has evolved it has flourished, but not as widely. Psychoanalysis is not what you see in the movies. Find an analyst in your area and speak to him/her about psychoanalysis in the modern age.

In brief: I am an analyst

Psychoanalysis is still practiced, but not as widely as it once was.
Also, psychoanalysis has evolved and moved away from strict Freudian orthodoxy, and as it has evolved it has flourished, but not as widely. Psychoanalysis is not what you see in the movies. Find an analyst in your area and speak to him/her about psychoanalysis in the modern age.
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