Year: 1991 Source: Psychiatric Annals, v.21, no.11, (November 1991), p.669-674 SIEC No: 19920399

The case of a depressed, suicidal middle-aged woman with a borderline level of ego organization illustrates how sexual encounters with a therapist can lead to a patient’s suicide. From clinical, ethical, & legal standpoints, sexual activity with a patient can not be justified as a deterrent to suicide. There is no situation in which therapist-patient sex can be viewed as part of a therapeutic approach. (22 refs.)