Pessimism and depression: Clinical and phenomological distinction

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This article presents clinical and phenomenological features of pessismism and asrgues that pessimism is a specific emotional disturbance of narcissiostic personality disorder (period of decopmpensation). By comparative analysis of corresponding pessimistic and depressive manifestations it is shown that these two emotional disturbances are distinct. Towards the end, differences between pessimism and dysthimic disorder are discussed in some detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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