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Behavioral 14

A 26-year-old man presents to his psychiatrist for his weekly scheduled visit. The patient has a 3-year history of severe major depressive disorder with psychotic features and is currently treated with a combination of sertraline and olanzapine. At the visit, the patient appears extremely agitated and describes that his week has been stressful due to difficulties at work. Towards the end of the visit, he tells the physician that he plans to attack his boss when he starts his shift the following day.

The physician’s legal obligation regarding this disclosure is guided by which of the following principles?

  • A) Fick’s law
  • B) Good Samaritan law
  • C) Primary prevention
  • D) Tarasoff rule
  • E) Tertiary prevention


Alexandra Conway


Dr. Ted O'Connell