International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 4 Num. 2 - July 2004


Living Experience Circle and Delirious Activity [Circuito Funcional de la Vivencia y Actividad Delirante]

Volume 4 Num. 2 - July 2004 - Pages 423-442


Mar?a Jos? Moreno, Antonio Medina and Rafael Lillo


The emphasis made by the alienism pioneers on the delirious activity and behaviour points to a period of prosperity of the symptom as patognomonic of mental derangement, giventhat the symptom from is shown as the more visible denotation of the no?reason. This element runs against the illustrated definition of an autonomous and fraternal man. Symptoms, in psychopathology, are simple constucts that acquire diagnostic meaning when they are placed in the syndrome hierarchy, and they are understood as ?how? (eficient and formal cause) and as ?why? (material and formal cause). It?s been said that is the result of taking what?s internal as external. Starting from pathoplastia, in synchronous and diachronic visions, we want to show the distintive medical value that a symptom might have dependingon its form and structure. It?s to say, to show how prototipic is the symptom delirium according to the physiopathologic sequence that generates it. The physiopathology that typifies delirium is what gives diagnostic and prognostic value. This way we can understand how much of degrading, synchronic, diachronic and personal there is in the symptom and in the delirious activity and behaviour

Key words:

Psychohistory; Delirium; Living experience

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