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Hammerman, S. (1977). Masked Depression: Edited by Stanley Lesse, M.D. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1974. 369 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 46:171-174.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:171-174

Masked Depression: Edited by Stanley Lesse, M.D. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1974. 369 pp.

Review by:
Steven Hammerman

This is a compilation of articles on the ubiquitious problem of the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of the clinical symptom complex we define as depressive reaction. However, Lesse and his associates are concerned with the development of a greater awareness of those covert expressions of this symptom complex which he calls "masked depression." Lesse notes that the average clinician may be aware of those combinations of subjective symptoms and objective observations that, taken together, substantiate a diagnosis of depression. Some may also be aware, according to Lesse, that many cases of actual depression are veiled by physical complaints or behavioral problems. However, Lesse makes the point that this collection of clinical papers goes far beyond the usual description of psychosomatic disorders and hypochondria that mask depression.

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