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A recent New York Times article by Linda Logan discussed the author's experiences receiving treatment for Bipolar Disorder, and prompted the following response:
Subject: Times Magazine Letter to Editor
Re: Selfless by Linda Logan
I read with sadness and frustration Ms. Logan's story of her experience with bipolar disorder. How tragic that nowhere in her journey through the mental health system does she mention being offered talk therapy in a relationship with a caring therapist who could address the underpinnings of her depression and provide the mirroring and caring support designed specifically to address the issue of solidifying the "self". Ironically, there is a major psychoanalytic theory called "Self Psychology" known to the vast majority of licensed clinical therapists trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. The "self" is a focus of many scholarly writings and a regular focus of clinical work. Ms. Logan seems to have been treated with medication and hospitalization, without the essential benefit of intense and consistent talk therapy. Perhaps she could have had a chance of not loosing so much of her life if she had been offered such services.
Deborah Bunim, PhD, LCSW, PsyA
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
IJPSP Candidate / Student Essay Award Contest
The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology is pleased to announce the second year of its new, annual psychoanalytic candidate/student essay award. This award contest is open to all psychoanalytic candidates and graduate level students from any discipline writing on psychoanalytic topics. Essays need to be written in English, should be no longer than 7500 words, and must be submitted by August 1, without exception.
The winner of the contest will be announced in October of each year at the International Conference on The Psychology of The Self, beginning in 2012. The winner will receive a plaque, consideration for publication of their essay in the IJPSP, and an honorarium of $500.00.
Candidates/students interested in entering the contest for the year 2013 must submit essays to by midnight, PDT, August 1, 2013. Please include a cover letter that specifies the title of the essay, the author's name, and his or her contact information.
Questions may be directed to the chair of the program, Carol Mayhew, Ph.D. at
ISAPP Regional Conference: ADOLESCENT IN GLOBALIZING WORLD
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Presented by the International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (ISAPP), joint with the 18th National Symposium of Adolescent Mental Health.
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