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Age regression has been an important topic of psychology since the early days of psychoanalysis in the late 180os. It has been the topic of the theses, the starting place for a number of theories, and even the basis for therapy techniques still in use today. Age regression is the temporary or long-term return to an earlier stage of development, encompassing behavioral, social, and emotional reversion to any previous period. Regression can occur at any age, and it varies in severity.

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1. Clinical Causes

Although age regression is a psychological occurrence, severe cases can have a clinical cause. The issue can occur as a result of mental health conditions such as substance use disorder, dissociative disorders, and depressive disorder. Delirium and dementia can cause a person to exhibit age regression as well.

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