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engulfment

n.

1. extreme distress and anxiety related to feelings of being taken over by an external force.

2. fear of close interpersonal relationships because of a perceived loss of independence and selfhood. This fear is common in those with feelings of personal insecurity, who experience relationships as overwhelming threats to personal identity. It may also be associated with borderline personality disorder. [first described by British psychiatrist R. D. Laing (1927–1989)]

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affective psychosis

affective psychosis

a mood disorder accompanied by delusions or hallucinations (i.e., psychotic features). The mood disruption precedes the psychotic symptoms, and the psychotic symptoms only occur during a major depressive episode or a manic episode.