An impressionistic review is given of 40 narco-analytic treatments of soldiers who suffered a subacute combat reaction in the 1973 Israel War. The criteria for the application of this treatment are discussed. Narcotherapy is characterized by the intensity of the emotions expressed, leading to problems of transference and countertransference which must be dealt with. Emphasis is placed on the existential aspects encountered in the reliving of traumatic battle experiences. While helping the patient to return to the traumatic past, the therapist simultaneously gives him support derived from the immediate context of the therapeutic dialogue.
The conclusions drawn from this material can be used as directives for therapists who use narcoanalysis as a form of short-focal psychotherapy.