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Journal:   DANESHVAR MEDICINE   JUNE-JULY 2011 , Volume 18 , Number 93; Page(s) 1 To 10.
 
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THE EFFECT OF EMOTIONAL DISCLOSURE BY WRITING ON DEPRESSION SEVERITY AND DEFENSE MECHANISMS AMONG DEPRESSED PATIENTS

 
 
Author(s):  NOORBALA AHMAD ALI*, ALIPOUR AHMAD, SHAGHAGHI FARHAD, NAJIMI AVISA, AGAH HERIS MOJGAN
 
* TEHRAN MEDICAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 
Background and Objective: Different studies have shown that emotional disclosure by writing in order to express affective and emotional experiences would decline negative affect, inhibition, and would help to select adaptive behaviors by infusing into the self. Thus, this research investigated whether instructing emotional disclosure by writing and applying more adaptive defense mechanisms decline depression severity among depressed individuals.Materials and Methods: In this study, 38 subjects (26 females, and 12 males) with major depression were selected and randomly assigned into experimental and control groups (each group contained 19 subjects). These 2 groups were paired by dose and type of medications they received during the period of study. They completed BDI and DMQ items prior to and after instructing and applying emotional disclosure for 4 weeks.Results: Data analysis (by SPSS software, version 16) and conducting independent t test revealed that emotional disclosure with writing can significantly reduce depression severity in experimental group in comparison with control group (p<0.05). IN addition, using mal-adaptive defense mechanisms (suppression, reaction formation, and compensation) in experimental group significantly declined in comparison with control group (p<0.05).Conclusion: Since creating insight, empathy and support sense due to applying emotional disclosure in depressed individuals can decline the load of input emotional burden to cognitive system and lead to improvement of cognitive performance, so, the individual would reduce using mal-adaptive defense mechanisms. Therefore, performing emotional disclosure is an efficient strategy in companion with other therapeutic strategies.
 
Keyword(s): EMOTIONAL DISCLOSURE BY WRITING, DEPRESSION, DEFENSE MECHANISMS
 
 
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APA: Copy

NOORBALA, A., & ALIPOUR, A., & SHAGHAGHI, F., & NAJIMI, A., & AGAH HERIS, M. (2011). THE EFFECT OF EMOTIONAL DISCLOSURE BY WRITING ON DEPRESSION SEVERITY AND DEFENSE MECHANISMS AMONG DEPRESSED PATIENTS. DANESHVAR MEDICINE, 18(93), 1-10. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=213004



Vancouver: Copy

NOORBALA AHMAD ALI, ALIPOUR AHMAD, SHAGHAGHI FARHAD, NAJIMI AVISA, AGAH HERIS MOJGAN. THE EFFECT OF EMOTIONAL DISCLOSURE BY WRITING ON DEPRESSION SEVERITY AND DEFENSE MECHANISMS AMONG DEPRESSED PATIENTS. DANESHVAR MEDICINE. 2011 [cited 2021December05];18(93):1-10. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=213004



IEEE: Copy

NOORBALA, A., ALIPOUR, A., SHAGHAGHI, F., NAJIMI, A., AGAH HERIS, M., 2011. THE EFFECT OF EMOTIONAL DISCLOSURE BY WRITING ON DEPRESSION SEVERITY AND DEFENSE MECHANISMS AMONG DEPRESSED PATIENTS. DANESHVAR MEDICINE, [online] 18(93), pp.1-10. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=213004.



 
 
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