2002 suplement 3


Volume 11, suplement 3

Review article

Stress and psychosis - selected elements of the psychoanalytic approach

Sławomir Murawiec1
1. III Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii Neurologii, 2002, 11, suplement 3 (16), 43-49
Keywords: stress, psychosis, psychoanalysis


The role of psychological stress preceding the onset of a psychotic episode is outlined in the paper. Stress triggering a psychotic episode may not differ from the usual life events. However, in the individual's perception it may have very specific, personality-disintegrating features. The most frequent problems underlying these events are concerned with sexuality, aggressiveness, self-worth, and a specific attitude toward the relationship with people constituting a system of psychological support to the individual.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Sławomir Murawiec, III Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii, ul. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa