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

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.