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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARCIA PEDRAJAS, Cristina  and  COSTA REQUENA, Gema. A case report: emotional suppression in advanced disease. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.124, pp.775-783. ISSN 2340-2733.

Emotional suppression has been defined as a mechanism that could be predictor of the coping response to physical illness, this response could block in the person a developing active strategies to manage their emotions. We described the case report of a 59 years-old woman, who showed at the last time diffuse somatic symptoms. Her psychobiography of significant personal losses, and her tendency to show emotional suppression as a basic coping style, masked a chronic depressive disease. These coping styles could be blocked the medical treatment and care of the patient, moreover than delayed the accurate diagnosis of the disease. It was highlight that the early assessment of these coping styles in front of emotional difficulties could be rescue positive coping responses, to allow the appropriate management of the disease and their health related behavior.

Keywords : Emotional suppression; depression; physical illness; coping styles.

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