BSIP, BOUCHARLAT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BSIP, BOUCHARLAT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Severe depression. Man sitting on a stairway, illustrating a severe depressive state. The defensive position and the starkness of the surroundings are indicative of a high degree of withdrawal and introspection. Such behaviour is seen in depressive disorder, anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive thought neurosis, where the sufferer withdraws from society to spend their time mulling over their situation. This may be associated with bouts of severe anxiety and 'fugal thought' (repetitive thinking along a line of logic tainted by guilt, pessimism or self- motivated paranoia).
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