The systemic perspective seeks to determine the role of depression within family interaction. The symptom, when viewed as communicative behaviour, needs to be decoded, not only to understand the meaning of this suffering, but also because certain transformations are activated that the symptoms itself seeks dysfunctionally to trigger. The interpersonal nature of the symptoms appears still more evident if we think that the relational equilibrium can be maintained through the distress of the 'designated patient' which safeguards the stability of the family. Symptoms often appear as desperate attempts to interact with emotionally distant partners, as a mean to protect the partner from his unexpressed personal problems or as a cover for problems relating to the couple. Two clinical cases treated with a family systemic therapy were described to show how symptoms can be interpreted as significant modes of relating with others.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||New Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- Systemic family therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health