Psychological explanation of depression - psychodynamic

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  • Created on: 29-03-13 10:57
  • Freud developed the first psychodynamic explaination of depression. He thought that depression occurs when the normal grieving process following the death of a loved one does not diminish with time. Depressed people cannot accept the loss and begin to merge their own personality with that of the loved one. During this time period of so called 'introjection', the depressed person directs all the feelings they had for the loved one inwards to themselves . These feelings can include both saddness an anger.
  • Freud realized that many people become depressed without experiencing the death of someone


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