Freud’s Defense Mechanisms: A Brief Overview

article The Freudian theory of illness is an interesting one, and one that has been debated over the years.

What is true of illness in the case of the patient, however, is also true of the illness itself, and so the concept of illness has been extended to include all sorts of symptoms, including pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and sleepiness. 

Some have taken the Freudians argument and stretched it further, arguing that all symptoms should be considered symptoms of the underlying cause.

 It’s a theory that has led some to call it “the Freudism of the Ill.” 

The Freudists argument can be broken down into four parts. 1.

     First, there is the notion that the disease must be understood as a symptom of something else that caused the illness.

This idea is based on Freud’s theory of a neurosis that leads to the diagnosis of schizophrenia.

In other words, the symptoms of illness should be understood in terms of something that is not itself the cause of the disease. 

Freudianism has led to a number of medical theories that claim to explain illness, including the concept called “primary prevention.”

The concept is based on the idea that an illness can be prevented if a specific intervention can be implemented that causes an opposite symptom.

For example, if the symptoms were causing the illness, then one could intervene to stop them by reducing the amount of pain, or by decreasing the amount or the frequency of vomiting. 

Second, there are three types of symptom.

The first is the “primary” symptom, or the one that causes the illness: headache, stomach pain, nausea.

The second is the secondary symptom, which is a symptom that is triggered by something else: fever, chest pain, constipation. 

Third, there’s a third type of symptom, called the “intermediate” symptom. 

These symptoms are not the only ones that can be triggered by the illness; there are also things like fatigue, anxiety, or depression that are triggered by an illness, too. 

The fourth type of the symptom is called the syndrome, which refers to the physical symptoms that accompany the illness but are not caused by the disease: dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and joint pain.

Second, the diagnosis is made based on evidence from a series of tests and procedures that have been developed to identify symptoms that are a result of the disorder. 

For example, the presence of these symptoms may be a result, in part, of the diagnosis itself.

A primary diagnosis is a diagnosis based on a series.

A secondary diagnosis is based only on the symptom.

A tertiary diagnosis is one that focuses on the symptoms that cause the disorder, but does not require testing. 

Finally, there is the concept known as “the syndrome of the symptoms.”

This is a concept that is based, in large part, on the work of James Watson.

Watson was the first to define a “symptom test” to diagnose mental disorders.

The Watson test, in short, was a series that involved assessing the severity of a series (in Watson’s case, symptoms of schizophrenia) to see whether they were “symptoms of mental disorder” or “the result of mental disease.” 

Watson’s idea is that there is a single set of symptoms that constitute a diagnosis of mental illness, and that the diagnosis should be made based solely on the results of the tests. 

In other words: the Watson test is the single test that can determine whether you have schizophrenia. 

Worries about the Freuds argument are not unfounded, but it’s not a great idea. 

As for the diagnosis, the concept is not completely consistent.

The diagnosis of “psychiatric illness” is a fairly common diagnosis.

In the United States, it is often used to refer to the condition of being depressed.

But the DSM does not recognize a diagnosis as psychiatric when it describes a specific illness. 

Other diagnostic criteria are used when it comes to identifying symptoms of depression, such as those that are associated with major depression.

Other diagnostic categories are used to identify conditions that are caused by depression.

For instance, the DSM describes depression as having a “lack of affect,” and “delayed onset.”

Another way to think about it is that depression is a state of being characterized by a state that is characterized by feelings of lack of pleasure, sadness, and anxiety. 

Another way is that depressive symptoms are a symptom that is not caused by the underlying disorder.

In fact, depression may be caused by other disorders that affect the same body system. 

So, when people think of depression in terms, say, of a generalized mood disorder, they’re thinking about depression caused by another illness that’s not the underlying illness.

It’s an interesting concept