Schizophrenia as a psychosomatic illness: An interdisciplinary approach between Lacanian psychoanalysis and the neurosciences.
- Yorgos Dimitriadis
Bull Menninger Clin 2017 Nov 9:1-18. Epub 2017 Nov 9.
Yorgos Dimitriadis, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Research Center for Psychoanalysis and Society, EA3522, UFR Psychoanalytic Studies, University Paris-Diderot Sorbonne-Cité, Paris, France. He is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst member of the Association Lacanienne Internationale and works in Paris and Athens, Greece (private practice) as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.
According to Lacan's theory of schizophrenia (as well as other delirious forms of psychosis), under certain conditions the signifying function breaks down, thus turning the schizophrenic individual's world into one in which a number of events become enigmatic and signal him or her. The schizophrenic individual tries to deal with these signs that besiege him or her either by means of an interpretative attitude (a stable delusional mood) or by apathy. These two types of responses correspond with the stereotypical (and mood) processes by which the schizophrenic individual attempts to avoid the distress provoked by the enigmatic desire of the Other, while simultaneously corresponding with psychosomatic processes of the brain organ. Read More