Human Uprooting

  • D. Müller-Hegemann


The term “Entwurzelungs-Depression” (depression resulting from uprooting) has come to stay as a term in German psychiatry, and together with similar psychopathological phenomena has on many occasions aroused interest in problems of uprooting, and thus also in the finding and rediscovery of human roots. Some years ago H. Ruffin drew attention to the drastic changes in environmental and living conditions affecting vast numbers of people as a result of deportations, expulsions, loss of homeland, family, possessions, work, honor and respect, and the threat to both body and soul in prisons, concentration camps, or during attempts to escape. Special note should be taken of his remark that the older generation forms a considerable proportion of survivors who suffer from feelings of failure, and who have been described in accounts of depression caused by uprooting, of diminished responsibility and other psychotic reactions, with loss of contact colored by apathy.


Concentration Camp Mental Hospital Foreign Worker German Democratic Republic Psychotic Reaction 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Müller-Hegemann, D., Human Uprooting. Original.Google Scholar
  2. Ruffin, H., Das Altern und die Psychiatrie des Seniums; in H.W. Gruhle et al. (Edit.) Psychiatrie der Gegenwart II Berlin-Göttingen-Heidelberg 1960.Google Scholar
  3. Lange, J., Seelische Störungen im Greisenalter. MMW 93, 1939 (1934).Google Scholar
  4. Hall, P., Some Clinical Aspects of Moving House. Psychosom. Res. 10, 59 (1966) ref. Zbl. Neur. Psych. 188, 63 (1967).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Bovi, A., Wohnungswechsel und Geisteskrankheiten. Nervenarzt, 38, 251 (1967).PubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Müller-Fahlbusch, H. u. S. IHDA, Endogene Depression bei Wohnungswechsel, Nervenarzt 38, 147 (1967).Google Scholar
  7. Feuerhahn, G., D. Müller-Hegemann et al., Sozialpsychiatrisch-epidemiologische Analyse der in Zweijahresfrist aufgenommenen Psychosen … Psychiatrie, Neurol., med. Psychol, 21, 91 (1969).Google Scholar
  8. David, H.P. (Edit.), Migration, Mental Health and Community Services. Geneva 1966.Google Scholar
  9. Hollingshead, A.B. and F.C. Redlich, Social class and mental illness. New York 1958.Google Scholar
  10. Pfister-Ammende, M., Migration and Mental Health Services, in David, H.P. (Edit.): Migration, Mental Health and Community Services. Geneva 1966.Google Scholar
  11. Pfister-Ammende, M., Psychologie und Psychiatrie der Internierung und des Flüchtlingsdaseins; in H.W. Gruhle et al. (Edit.) Psychiatrie der Gegenwart III, Berlin-Göttinger-Heidelberg 1961.Google Scholar
  12. Müller-Hegemann, D., Über Schädigungen und Störungen des Nervensystems bei Verfolgten des Naziregimes. Dt. Ges. wesen 21, 561 (1966).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Müller-Hegemann
    • 1
  1. 1.German Democratic Republic

Personalised recommendations