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It is little wonder that the ancient Greeks used the same word for butterfly and for soul (ψυχή = psyche), or that our specialty adopted this name. In child and adolescent psychiatry we know well the powerful feeling of seeing a young person truly get their wings. Bursting from that which may have nurtured and encumbered, the chrysalis of unfortunate circumstance or psychiatric disorder, we feel a thrill when our patients fly free. In our field we also know what it is to get “psyched” by something that we read. Reading a great book opens up possibility. Turning that last page holds promise that in clinical encounters to come, we may adopt a new way of listening, be more fluid and facile, with fresh therapeutic tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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