Author(s): David A.S. Garfield
"Unbearable Affect" is that rarest of literary gems, a work of genuine and profound scientific merit that also has a deeply moving story to tell. It traces the progress of a fictional young psychiatrist, Tony Potter, as he immerses himself in the lives and psyches of patients who suffer from the worst kinds of mental torment. Dr. Potter's clinical encounters demonstrate that affect lies at the center of psychosis and must, therefore, be the focus of any meaningful course of psychoanalysis or psychotherapy. Dr. David Garfield cuts a path through the thick forest of psychotherapeutic theories and techniques to lead us on a journey of discovery. First, we discover the ordinary within the extraordinary, the real person whose existence has been obscured by the swirling symptoms of psychosis.Next, we go in search of the extraordinary with the ordinary, the great strength, ability and human potential that can survive even the worst psychoses, and which are the foundations upon which the healing process is built.Young Dr.
David Garfield is Professor, Associate Chair and Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is also faculty at the Insitute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago.
SECTION I Affect DiagnosisSECTION II Affect TherapeuticsSECTION III A Life's Work: Staying Out of Psychosis