by Cathy Parkes December 11, 2020 Updated: September 07, 2021
Suppression is VOLUNTARY denial of thoughts or feelings. Repression is UNCONCIOUS (i.e. involuntary) denial of thoughts or feelings.
Both are defense mechanisms used to cope with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.
A negative nitrogen balance indicates insufficient PROTEIN intake (due to illness, malnutrition, or aging).
It means the patient is using protein faster than it is being synthesized.