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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
Freud in 1917 published his classic paper on mourning and melancholia describing the essential features of melancholia (depression) as "profoundly painful dejection, cessation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity and a lowering of the self-regarding feelings to a degree that culminate in a delusional expectation of punishment." Much has developed in the knowledge of depression since 1917, but even more has become known about the development of personality and its various stages as well as the psychic structures involved.
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