Suicide in Old Age: Psychotherapeutic Intervention
Maltsberger J T
Psychotherapy with suicidal patients can be planned & conducted after the specific narcissistic incapacities of the patient are identified. To which of the suicide-inviting affects is the patient vulnerable? On what exterior supports has the patient relied on in the past? What exterior supports have been lost & which remain available? These questions & others are addressed as they bear on psychotherapeutic interventions with older patients. Specific problems of countertransference are reviewed.