Intrapsychic Models

Part of the The Depressive Illness Series book series (DISS, volume 2)


The category of “intrapsychic models” of depression is a broad one, and could be said to include models described elsewhere in this volume, such as cognitive theory and the “learned helplessness” model. However, this chapter will focus on one subgroup of intrapsychic models, the psychodynamic theories, which are among the oldest and most influential of the psychological models of depression. Psychodynamic ideas are distinct from other intrapsychic theories in that they emphasize the role of unconscious mental processes and the conflict of wishes and feelings within the mind.


Depressive Affect Psychoanalytic Theory Dysthymic Disorder Early Life Experience Psychodynamic Theory 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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