An outcome of psychodynamic psychotherapy: a case study of the change in serotonin transporter binding and the activation of the dream screen.

Adult Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Kuopio University Hospital, Finland.
American journal of psychotherapy 02/2005; 59(1):61-73.
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ABSTRACT We explored the outcome of psychodynamic psychotherapy of a female patient with major depression using clinical evaluation and serotonin transporter (SERT) binding assessed with [123I]nor-beta-CIT SPECT. The psychotherapy process was analyzed with special emphasis on the change that was recognized in the dreaming process. The activation of the dream screen in transference seemed to form a turning point during the psychotherapy. Normalization of SERT binding at the midbrain level was found on 12-month follow-up. Major alleviation of depressive symptoms assessed by rating scales was evident only six months after SERT normalization.

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