Conservation Withdrawal vs. Depression in Medically III Patients: Rorschach Case Study

R. Lovitt, M. Weiner

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Abstract

The psychological consultant in a general hospital may be asked to evaluate physically ill patients who present ambiguous clinical symptomatology. The differential diagnoses of depression from the normal (conservation-withdrawal) reaction to stress is particularly difficult. A case study is presented illustrating the Rorschach test findings of a patient who appeared depressed upon initial clinical examination, but who illustrates conservation-withdrawal, an adaptive nonpathological stress reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-464
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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