2005 suplement 1


Volume 14, suplement 1

Case report

A schizophrenia case - danse macabre with the family in the background

1. Centrum Psychiatrii SPZOZ w Katowicach
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2005; 14 (supl. 1/20): 77-106
Keywords: schizophrenia, psychogenesis of schizophrenia, creativity and psychopathology


Objective. A case is presented of exacerbated schizophrenic symptoms and extreme difficulties in social functioning concurrence with sensitivity and poetic talent.

Case. The case of a 20-year-oldfemale patient suffering from schizophrenia with a complex psychopathological picture is reported from the clinical-descriptive and psychological perspective using the psychodynamic and systemic paradigms. Examples of the patient 's poetry and paintings are enclosed.

Commentary. Schizophrenia should be considered multidimensionally, with individual features of the patient taken into account. A marked severity of schizophrenic symptoms does not have to impair, and may even enhance the patients' ability to express their experiences in poetry.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Małgorzata Kalinowska, Szpital - Centrum Psychiatrii Samodzielnego Publicznego Zakładu Opieki Zdrowotnej,
ul. Korczaka 27, 40-340 Katowice