Year: 1977 Source: Military Medicine, (June 1977), p.465-466 SIEC No: 19842005

Presents 4 case examples to illustrate that in some cases, the affective state of depression is discharged through action upon one’s self, with a resultant clearing of clinical depression. The gratification of the ultimate masochistic act & relief of guilt were undoubtedly also involved, but the rapidity of the patients’ improvement suggests that the discharge of the aggressive drive was an essential feature.