Therapeutic Use of the Psychiatric Hospital for the Depressed Adolescent Girl

  • Doris Lamb


In practice, I all too often find an adolescent girl with a depression that is sufficiently severe to present a suicidal risk. On occasion, I have found severely depressed adolescent girls who regress and behave in a juvenile or infantile manner. Both the disabling regression and the suicide wishes are seemingly attempts to avoid the pain of the depression. If the girl becomes suicidal, she will require psychiatric hospitalization to protect her from her own actions. In my experience, the disabling regression found in a severely depressed girl cannot be treated outside of a hospital setting because the girl seems to have abandoned all attempts to change and cannot develop a constructive, working relationship or transference with a psychotherapist.


Abuse Child Suicide Attempt Adolescent Girl Psychiatric Hospital Suicidal Risk 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris Lamb
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  1. 1.University of Southern California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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