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primary gain

noun, Psychiatry.
the removal of emotional conflict or relief of anxiety that is the immediate benefit of a defense mechanism or neurotic symptom.
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primary gain in Medicine

primary gain n.
Alleviation of anxiety that results from conversion of emotional conflict into demonstrably organic illnesses.

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