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January 1987

An Empirical Study of the Relationship Between Diagnosis and Defense Style-Reply

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Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1987;44(1):94-95. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1987.01800130106016

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Reply.—  Dr Nussbaum expresses fear that the medical model in psychiatry would be attenuated by having traits and disorders on axis II of the DSM-III. We tend to see the modification of the medical model by using a multidimensional diagnostic system as a progressive trend. We consider DSM-III to be a model for other branches of medicine to follow because it aims at a broader biopsychosocial perspective.Actually, the Advisory Committee on Defense Mechanisms to the Work Group to Revise DSM-III has recommended that axis II serve as a place to list defense mechanisms along with personality disorders and traits. This would allow for more discriminating and specific information to be included with the diagnosis.

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