Characterized by unpleasant tension, distress, and avoidance behavior ; examples are panic disorder, phobias,obsesive compulsive disorder, post tramatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder
Pervasive develomental disorder characterized by inhibited social interaction and communication and by restricted,repetitive behavior
Condition marked by physical symptoms but no organic basis, appearing as a result of anxiety and unconscious inner conflict
self-destructive ways of dealing with stress; automatic, subconscious reactions to emotional injury, such as denial, fantasy, projection.
a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
a slowly progressive decline in mental abilities, including memory, thinking, and judgment, that is often accompanied by personality changes
a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
a rare dissociative disorder in which a person exhibits two or more distinct and alternating personalities. Also called multiple personality disorder.
Gender identity disorder
when a person's biological sexual characteristics do not match the person's mental idea of his or her gender.
delusion; false idea; false perception of objects with a compelling sense of their reality; objects so perceived;
Extreme excitment hyperactive elation, and agitation. (Dont confuse with suffix -mania meaning obsession)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety disorder in which recurrent thoughts and repetitive acts dominate behavior
Recurrent instense sexual urge,fantasy,or behavior that involves unusual objects, activities, or situations
lifelong personality patterns marked by inflexibility and impairment of social functioning
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Group of childhood disorders characterized by delays in socialization and communication skills
an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations
Post-traumatic stress disorder
an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
Projective personality test
A type of personality test in which individuals are asked to interpret unstructured or ambiguous stimuli (i.e. inkblot, or Rorschach test). Many psychologists like to use these tests because they allow clients to open up and talk.
a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders; can prescribe medication
A disorder marked by loss of contact with reality ; often with delusions and hallucinations
(psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious
a group of severe disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions
psychological disorder in which the symptoms take a somatic (bodily) form without apparent physical cause
Drugs that stimulate neural activity, causing speeded-up body functions and associated energy and mood changes.helps with ADHD
drugs that treat psychotic symptoms and behavior (schizophrenia, bipolar disease, and other mental illness).
a biomedical therapy for severely depressed patients in which a brief electric current is sent through the brain of an anesthetized patient
in psychoanalysis, a method of exploring the unconscious in which the person relaxes and says whatever comes to mind, no matter how trivial or embarrassing.
psychotherapy where multiple people meet regularly to interact and help one another to achieve insight into their feelings and behavior; allows the therapist to see how the client interacts with others,
a social interaction in which one person suggests to another that certain perceptions, feelings, thoughts, or behaviors will spontaneously occur
Face to face discussion of life problems and feelings to increase understanding of thoughts and behavior patterns; psychodynamic therapy.
a group of antihistamine drugs that became the first group of effective antipsychotic medications
A child, through play, uses toys to express conflicts and feelings that he or she is unable to communicate in a direct manner.
a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders
Treatment that involves offering encouragement, support, and hope to patients facing difficult life transitions and events.
Patient relates to the therapist as though the therapist were a prominent childhood figure