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Five Months Later: The Psychodynamic Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Care in the Era of COVID-19

Published Online:https://doi.org/10.1521/pdps.2020.48.4.363

Five months following an earlier report on the initial impact of COVID-19, the same 24 contributing psychodynamic psychiatrists reported on how matters have shifted in their experience. Spread of the virus, lockdowns, politicization of all aspects of the pandemic, massive unemployment, and social justice frustrations have characterized the interim. The initial burst of acute uncertainty and worry has shifted into a more adaptive but still destabilizing long-term apprehension: distance treatment and its ramifications have become somewhat normalized, training now incorporates virtual treatment approaches, psychodynamically informed counseling has taken a larger role in the content of care. New theories of clinical practice are emerging that address these changes. As before, contributors’ narratives are considered from the perspective of administration and training, structure and content of treatment, and the impact of the pandemic both on patients and psychiatrists.

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