John Libbey Eurotext

L'Information Psychiatrique


A common psychosis clinic Volume 86, issue 5, mai 2010

Membre du Laboratoire de psychopathologie et clinique psychanalytique, Université de Rennes-II, E.A. 4050, et de l'Association mondiale de psychanalyse, 98, rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France, Maître de conférences au Département de psychanalyse de l'Université de Paris-VIII, membre de l'Association mondiale de psychanalyse, Laboratoire de psychopathologie et clinique Psychanalytique, Université de Rennes-II, E.A. 4050, 33, rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, 75010 Paris, France

Some patients show signs of psychotic behaviour without presenting any typical symptoms (i.e. hallucinations, delusions). This does not concern symptomatic clinical panels, but rather only very slight clinical signs, with the presence of a minimum amount of the phenomena. Based on psychoanalysis, and with the aid of phenomenological psychiatry, in this paper we assess five different symptomatic facets which often go unnoticed. This is because they are neglected by the clinician who does not take them into consideration in order to advance and reduce the examination to the major psychotic symptoms alone and/or behaviour. Three clinical cases are presented.