Psychotropic medication in adolescence: Psychodynamic and clinical considerations

Gabriele Masi, Mara Marcheschi, Luciano Luccherino

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This study discusses the psychodynamic implications of psychopharmacological treatment in adolescence. A series of clinical situations are presented to illustrate how psychotropic medication may modify the adolescent's relationship with the mental and bodily self, the second separation-individuation process within the family, and the therapeutic relationship between adolescent and psychiatrist. Methodological issues are discussed for fostering a positive treatment outcome. The study suggests that pharmacotherapy should follow a psychopathological evaluation of adolescents and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-933
Number of pages9
Issue number124
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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