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Minerva Psichiatrica 2003 September;44(3):195-200

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Am i changed, doctor? Psychosocial notes about organ transplantations

Aliata P., Ucelli DI Nemi S., Segagni Lusignani G., Fusar Poli P., Politi P.


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On the basis of personal experience with patients facing organ transplantation, some observations are made on how identity feelings are structured and modified, how patients cope with death anxiety and what are the main adaptive styles to the experience. Some clinical cases are then described in order to focus on difficulties, while relevant psychological, psychopathological and psychodynamic aspects are discussed. Even if clinical cases are completely heterogeneous, it should be emphasized that some basic concepts are common to them: the symbolic relevance of the graft, the constant presence of the donor on the emotional background, the complexity of maintaining identity feelings, the possibility of dying and the donor's death.

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