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Depression, anxiety, and psychological defense in attempted suicide: A pilot study using PORT

Titelman, David; Nilsson, Alf LU ; Estari, Julia and Wasserman, Danuta (2004) In Archives of Suicide Research 8(3). p.239-249
Abstract
Depressive affect, anxiety, and psychological defenses were studied in the presented research with PORT, a projective test that exploits subliminal perception of object-relation images. Protocols of 20 hospitalized suicide attempters were compared to those of 20 matched controls, 34 previously studied non-suicidal depressed patients, 18 patients with panic attac, and 32 patients with borderline and psychotic disorders. The suicide attempters were anxious; their defenses resembled those seen in borderline pathology; depressive reactions were limited in symbolic content; reality testing was poor. The closeness between depression and anxiety in suicidality is further discussed throughout this article. A con¬stella¬tion of signs using the PORT... (More)
Depressive affect, anxiety, and psychological defenses were studied in the presented research with PORT, a projective test that exploits subliminal perception of object-relation images. Protocols of 20 hospitalized suicide attempters were compared to those of 20 matched controls, 34 previously studied non-suicidal depressed patients, 18 patients with panic attac, and 32 patients with borderline and psychotic disorders. The suicide attempters were anxious; their defenses resembled those seen in borderline pathology; depressive reactions were limited in symbolic content; reality testing was poor. The closeness between depression and anxiety in suicidality is further discussed throughout this article. A con¬stella¬tion of signs using the PORT was hypothesized to be a marker for suicidality. The test is deemed useful for future research on suicide. (Less)
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projective tests, attempted suicide, depression, anxiety, psychoanalytic theory
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Archives of Suicide Research
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10.1080/13811110490436855
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  abstract     = {Depressive affect, anxiety, and psychological defenses were studied in the presented research with PORT, a projective test that exploits subliminal perception of object-relation images. Protocols of 20 hospitalized suicide attempters were compared to those of 20 matched controls, 34 previously studied non-suicidal depressed patients, 18 patients with panic attac, and 32 patients with borderline and psychotic disorders. The suicide attempters were anxious; their defenses resembled those seen in borderline pathology; depressive reactions were limited in symbolic content; reality testing was poor. The closeness between depression and anxiety in suicidality is further discussed throughout this article. A con¬stella¬tion of signs using the PORT was hypothesized to be a marker for suicidality. The test is deemed useful for future research on suicide.},
  author       = {Titelman, David and Nilsson, Alf and Estari, Julia and Wasserman, Danuta},
  issn         = {1543-6136},
  keyword      = {projective tests,attempted suicide,depression,anxiety,psychoanalytic theory},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {239--249},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Archives of Suicide Research},
  title        = {Depression, anxiety, and psychological defense in attempted suicide: A pilot study using PORT},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13811110490436855},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2004},
}