Workshop : Where does time fit into mental illness?
II did my training in psychiatry and psychotherapy with special interest in psychoanalysis in the PLK Weissenau, the university hospital of the Universitaet Ulm in Germany. I was lucky to establish myself in the profession during a time of new therapeutic possibilities, a situation for which I was and remain very grateful to my teachers and colleagues. I also work today in couple therapy, having been trained by C. Gammer in family therapy. Under the guidance of Prof. Hole, I have taught hypnosis to students (medical doctors) of psychotherapy in Germany, later in Zurich, at the Psychiatric University Hospital Burghoelzli. For some years, I have been working in Paris as a practitioner in my private office; in addictologyI am attached to the HEGP/AP-HP. When treating my psychiatric and psychotherapeutic patients, I also include behavioural therapy (e.g. DBT, Scheme Therapy).
Psychiatry interacts with time at different levels: biologically, subject-based, and on the psychio-social level. The phenomenology reveals to us the "embodied mind”. Firstly, I will try to give an impression of time via a brief experience of meditation or hypnosis. I will then return to psychiatry, our diagnostics, discussing how mental diseases such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, mourning, and others exhibit with time a different psychopathology and time perception. I will finish with some remarks on the role of time in psychotherapy.