Looking Through the Windshield: An Intersubjective Approach to the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Intersubjective systems theory; Avoidant Personality Disorder; Major Depressive Disorder; Sexual Trauma
This single-case study presents the treatment of a middle-aged male with avoidant personality disorder, major depressive disorder, and a childhood history of severe physical and sexual trauma. Treatment utilized an intersubjective systems approach, with a focus on affect attunement , empathic listening and responding, and understanding organizing principles and how they influence present relations. The patient's improvements in several domains of life evidenced the utility of an intersubjective approach with a patient who has difficulty effectively relating. Therapist observation and patient self-report were used to assess psychological and behavioral change. The patient's professional and interpersonal functioning reflected stability and improvement upon termination of treatment.
Mizrahi, Alexandra, "Looking Through the Windshield: An Intersubjective Approach to the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder" (2014). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 51.