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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis