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Theresa (Terri) Eynon is a former medical psychotherapist and GP. She is the former Labour Group Leader at Leicestershire County Council (2017-21) . Theresa has recently completed a Masters in Literary Linguistics at Nottingham University (Distinction) by distance learning. She is employed by The Reader to facilitate shared reading in criminal justice settings. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, metaphor theory and the use of literature to aid wellbeing.
Some clinical commissioning groups, handed responsibilities by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, were convinced that proactive, integrated care closer to home was the answer. Inspired by reported success in places such as Torbay,1 GPs were going to wrap a holistic package of health and social care around frail older people. They predicted that...
> ‘ ... the doctor has the map and the patient does not. In fact the doctor not only has the map but drives the vehicle and the patient may not know that they have reached a crucial crossroads, or that they have reached the end, until they get there and it is too late.’ 1 Care of the dying is inadequate in many developed countries, and its improve...
ABSTRACT The linguistic concept‘metaphor’ has an established place in clinical as well as theoretical psychotherapy. It has been seen as analogous to or even fundamental to the analytic concept of transference. Metaphors have been thought to have a special role in enhancing therapist-patient communications. By contrast, in linguistics itself, metap...
This is the first in a series of papers on literature and psychiatry. In this paper, Eynon introduces cognitive linguistics, the study of metaphor, and discusses how an understanding of the conceptual origin of metaphor can assist clinical work. Future papers will consider, among other things, the representation of substance misuse in literature, h...
Sir: Chaloner ( Psychiatric Bulletin , September 1999, 23 , 589–66), suggests that being moved by the death of a cultural icon that you have never met, rather than by one's own suffering, may be thought of as a ‘Active personality disturbance’; a pathological process which may be a result of ‘ego impoverishment’ or a failure of development.
Up to one third of patients referred for psychotherapy fail to attend for their first appointment (O'Loughlin, 1990). Psychotherapy assessments are usually allocated a considerable portion of uninterrupted time, and an unexpected non-attendance wastes significant clinical resources. A variety of strategies have been used to ensure that assessors ar...