Manic Defenses against Loneliness in Adolescence

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					          Manic Defenses against
         Loneliness in Adolescence
                THOMAS F. BARRETT, PH.D.




    This essay focuses on the challenges adolescents face as they progress in
    the process of object removal. The loosening of primary libidinal object
    ties triggers object loss and a unique form of loneliness specific to ado-
    lescence, which may be misdiagnosed as depression. Rather than stem-
    ming from a fear of loss of love from the primary object, the loneliness
    results from the adolescent’s need to transfer love from primary objects
    to new adult relationships not yet available to him. The resultant
    emptiness may be defended against by overuse of t
				
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