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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--14

Denial as an experiential phenomenon in serious illness


Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Prabha S Chandra
Prof. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Hosur Road, Bangalore - 560 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.37184

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Denial is a commonly encountered concept in clinical practice for those dealing with serious illnesses. It has a myriad of meanings and definitions. It has been considered to be both positive as well as negative in clinical situations. Various factors affect denial including demographic, types of illnesses and cultural background. Management of denial has become an important issue in dealing with serious medical illness and terminal illness as it may interfere with treatment. This article focuses on the definitions of the concept, factors related to denial, and assessment and management of denial.






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