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Intractable Atopic Eczema Suggests Major Affective Disorder: Poor Parenting is Secondary-Reply

Intractable Atopic Eczema Suggests Major Affective Disorder: Poor Parenting is Secondary-Reply Abstract In Reply.— Whereas we have no argument with Dr Allen as to the appropriate drug therapy for patients suffering from major affective disorders, it is clear that he is basing his thesis on a study of the literature, rather than the examination of particular patients, in his evaluation of our reported cases. Neither the mother in our target case, nor those of the other children cited, suffered from a major depressive disorder, according to the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, revised.1More important, however, is that Dr Allen argues from an entirely different premise than do we; his theoretical position holds that adaptation and psychic change are best accomplished by chemical means through drug therapy. If we read him correctly, he is willing to set even infants on a life of therapy with antidepressant medications, if that be required to accomplish that end. We, References 1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . 3rd ed, revised. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 1987:222-224. 2. Nunberg H. Principles of Psychoanalysis . New York, NY: International Universities Press Inc; 1955:348-360. 3. Cooper AM. Our changing view of the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis . Psychoanal Q. 1988;57:15-27. 4. Wallerstein RS. Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic science and psychoanalytic research . J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 1988;36:3-30.Crossref 5. Koblenzer CS. Psychocutaneous Disease . Orlando, Fla: Grune & Stratton; 1987:73-75. 6. Vickers CFH. Factors influencing the prognosis of infantile eczema— another 10 years . Br J Dermatol. 1978;99:22.Crossref 7. Hurwitz S. Clinical Pediatric Dermatology . Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co; 1981:49-51. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Intractable Atopic Eczema Suggests Major Affective Disorder: Poor Parenting is Secondary-Reply

Intractable Atopic Eczema Suggests Major Affective Disorder: Poor Parenting is Secondary-Reply

Abstract

Abstract In Reply.— Whereas we have no argument with Dr Allen as to the appropriate drug therapy for patients suffering from major affective disorders, it is clear that he is basing his thesis on a study of the literature, rather than the examination of particular patients, in his evaluation of our reported cases. Neither the mother in our target case, nor those of the other children cited, suffered from a major depressive disorder, according to the criteria of the Diagnostic and...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1989.01670160116032
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Abstract

Abstract In Reply.— Whereas we have no argument with Dr Allen as to the appropriate drug therapy for patients suffering from major affective disorders, it is clear that he is basing his thesis on a study of the literature, rather than the examination of particular patients, in his evaluation of our reported cases. Neither the mother in our target case, nor those of the other children cited, suffered from a major depressive disorder, according to the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, revised.1More important, however, is that Dr Allen argues from an entirely different premise than do we; his theoretical position holds that adaptation and psychic change are best accomplished by chemical means through drug therapy. If we read him correctly, he is willing to set even infants on a life of therapy with antidepressant medications, if that be required to accomplish that end. We, References 1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . 3rd ed, revised. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 1987:222-224. 2. Nunberg H. Principles of Psychoanalysis . New York, NY: International Universities Press Inc; 1955:348-360. 3. Cooper AM. Our changing view of the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis . Psychoanal Q. 1988;57:15-27. 4. Wallerstein RS. Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic science and psychoanalytic research . J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 1988;36:3-30.Crossref 5. Koblenzer CS. Psychocutaneous Disease . Orlando, Fla: Grune & Stratton; 1987:73-75. 6. Vickers CFH. Factors influencing the prognosis of infantile eczema— another 10 years . Br J Dermatol. 1978;99:22.Crossref 7. Hurwitz S. Clinical Pediatric Dermatology . Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co; 1981:49-51.

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1989

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