Pandora's Box: The Effect of Diagnostic Disclosure on a Depressed Patient

@article{Lebolt2002PandorasBT,
  title={Pandora's Box: The Effect of Diagnostic Disclosure on a Depressed Patient},
  author={Jonathan Lebolt},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={30},
  pages={281-291}
}
There is a dearth of literature on the effect of disclosure of psychiatric diagnosis on treatment. A case is presented in which the therapist suggests a depressed patient may be bipolar. Three concepts are utilized to understand the resultant impasse: empathic failure (Kohut, 1984), intersubjective disjunction (Atwood & Stolorow, 1984), and projective identification and the subjugating third (Ogden, 1994). Further research is needed to work more sensitively, effectively, and responsibly in the… CONTINUE READING

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