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A husband and wife, have been patients of yours for over 10 years...

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asked May 10, 2014 in Psychiatry by Rajesh Bahara

A husband and wife, both in their mid-thirties, have been patients of yours for over 10 years. In the past, the husband has unsuccessfully been treated for alcohol abuse. The wife has asked that the two of them be seen together to discuss what might be of help with any of their related health problems. In the discussion of individual and family stress, the husband asked if medicine had anything to offer for his condition. As you are explaining the benefits and risks of disulfiram (Antabuse), the wife explains that her husband now drinks even more than before. At this point, the husband becomes angry and shouts, “I don’t need Antabuse, Alcoholics Anonymous, or anything else! I know I may have a drinking problem, but I can handle it myself without anybody’s help!” In the above scenario, the hus- band is demonstrating

a. Displacement

b. Denial

c. Projection

d. Rationalization

e. Reaction formation

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b. Denial
answered May 10, 2014 by Rajesh Bahara
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