The Mourning Process and Its Importance in Mental Illness: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification - Dr. Rachel Gibbons (Live)

October 11, 2024

2024-25 Grand Round Series

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This event will explore the crucial role of loss and mourning in mental illness bridging psychoanalytic and psychiatric perspectives on mental disorder. Through case vignettes from extensive psychiatric experience we will explore fundamental questions: Why has someone developed a mental illness? What triggered it at this point in their life? How can we understand why it has manifested for them in this particular way? Understanding the important role of loss and mourning in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders provides a basis for engagement with the inner world of patients and thus comprehending different manifestations of distress. Identification of the underlying loss event that underpins the illness can facilitate therapeutic engagement and resolution. The basis for this discussion will be the recent paper "The Mourning Process and its Importance in Mental Illness: a Psychoanalytic understanding of psychiatric diagnosis and classification" in BJPsych Advances (Volume 30 , Issue 2 , March 2024 , pp. 80 - 88 DOI:

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10/11/2024 - 12:50pm EDT
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10/11/2024 - 1:50pm EDT

Dr. Rachel Gibbons has worked in the NHS over the past 20 years in various psychiatric settings as a consultant psychiatrist and consultant medical psychotherapist. She is a psychoanalyst and group analyst and current co-chair of the Patient Safety Group, chair of the Working Group on the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists, and vice-chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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