Psychiatry on the Stage How Plays Can Enhance Our Understanding of Psychiatric Conditions

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Psychiatry on the Stage How Plays Can Enhance Our Understanding of Psychiatric Conditions by Berman, Carol W., 9780197622032
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  • ISBN: 9780197622032 | 0197622038
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/7/2023

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Psychology and theater have often intersected in the most interesting ways to describe characters, situations, and interactions. Neuroscience is in the process of discovering how the brain longs for patterns that we find in theater and other art forms, and practitioners in psychiatry frequently refer to literature and drama to better understand patients. For instance, the Oedipal complex was first illustrated in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Sigmund Freud largely derived his understanding of psychiatric complexes from his familiarity with Greek mythology.

Psychiatry on the Stage presents an overview of basic psychiatric principles applied to plays from the Greeks to modern times. Additional features include illustrative vignettes from the author's practice and several detailed indexes comprised of plays, corresponding playwrights, and various psychiatric and neurological disorders. As a board-certified psychiatrist and playwright, Dr. Berman is uniquely qualified to explore the connections between psychiatry and theater. This book is sure to appeal to both practitioners in the field of psychiatry and theater enthusiasts alike.
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