ANACLITIC DEPRESSION

1. a kind of reactive depression discovered in newborns who are suddenly removed from interaction with their biological mothers or are restricted from mother-like comforts and care in other ways. It is marked by indications of weight loss, insomnia, and withdrawal from society, and often causes a handicap of the newborn's intellectual, tangible, and societal growth. Even though the terminology is mainly used when referred to human beings, it has additionally been noted for it's occurrence in monkeys and other animals similar to human beings.

ANACLITIC DEPRESSION: "Many infants being given up for adoption are separated from their birth mothers immediately and suffer anaclitic depression because of it."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANACLITIC DEPRESSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anaclitic-depression/ (accessed September 11, 2019).
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