anaclitic depression


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an·a·clit·ic de·pres·sion

impairment of an infant's physical, social, and intellectual development following separation from its mother or from a mothering surrogate; characterized by listlessness, withdrawal, and anorexia.

anaclitic depression

[an′əklit′ik]
a syndrome occurring in infants, usually after sudden separation from the mothering person. Symptoms include apprehension, withdrawal, detachment, incessant crying, refusal to eat, sleep disturbances, and, eventually, stupor leading to severe impairment of the infant's physical, social, and intellectual development. If the mothering figure or a substitute is made available within 1 to 3 months, the infant recovers quickly with no long-term effects. See also hospitalism.

anaclitic depression

A response seen in infants who have been separated from their mothers for prolonged periods of time, resulting in a disruption of the mother-child dyad.

an·a·clit·ic de·pres·sion

(an'ă-klit'ik dĕ-presh'ŭn)
Impairment of an infant's physical, social, and intellectual development following separation from its mother or from a mothering surrogate; characterized by listlessness, withdrawal, and anorexia.