anaclitic depression

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A form of depression manifested by infants, usually triggered by sudden separation from a parent after having had a normal relationship for at least six months, characterized by crying, apprehension, withdrawal, anorexia, and dyssomnias. The disorder was introduced and named in 1946 by the Austrian psychoanalyst René A(rpad) Spitz (1887–1974). See also anaclitic, attachment theory, hospitalism, maternal deprivation, separation anxiety, separation anxiety disorder.

Subjects: Psychology.

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