33 miners became trapped underground in a mine collapse in Chile. A rescue tunnel will not be expected to be completed for at least 3 months. In order to anticipate the psychological issues which they may experience, similar situations of people being isolated for prolonged periods in the space program, submerged submarines and in Antarctica expeditions are reviewed. Various recommendations to maintain mental health during and after this ordeal are also discussed.
A paper written by Dr. Jonathan Shedler and published in the American Psychologist is reviewed and discussed in which a meta-analysis of evidenced based research supports the efficacy and effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy in the treatment of a variety of mental disorders including personality disorders. The benefits of this therapy appear to increase with time whereas the benefits of other non-psychodynamic therapies tend to decay over time. Evidence is also presented which points out the role of psychodynamic processes in non psychodynamic therapy such as CBT.