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The litigant-patient: mental health consequences of civil litigation.

  title={The litigant-patient: mental health consequences of civil litigation.},
  author={Larry H. Strasburger},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  volume={27 2},
  • L. Strasburger
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Civil litigation often has profound psychological consequences for plaintiffs and defendants alike. For those individuals who are involved in ongoing psychotherapy, or those who enter psychotherapy during litigation, the stress of litigation often adds to whatever issues produced the lawsuit. This article reviews the effects of that stress, the mechanisms through which it arises, and its manifestations in psychotherapy and offers suggestions to increase psychotherapist awareness of the… 
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