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mental/emotional health
ability to accept yourself and others, express and manage emotions, and deal with the demands and challenges you meet in your life
resilient
ability to adapt effectively and recover from disappointment, difficulty, or crisis
self-esteem
how much you value, respect, and feel confident about yourself
competence
having enough skills to do something
hierachy of needs
ranked list of those needs essential to human growth and development, presented in ascending order,starting with basic needs and building toward the need to reach your highest potential
personal identity
your sense of yourself as a unique individual
role model
someone whose success or behavior serves as an example for you
personality
complex set of characteristics that makes you unique
character
the distinctive qualities that descibe how a person thinks, feels, and behaves
integrity
firm observance if cire ethical values
constructive criticism
nonhostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement
emotions
singals that tell your mind and body how to react
hormones
chemicals produced by your glands that regulate the activities of different body cells
hostility
the intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior
empathy
the ability to imagine and understand how someone else feels
defense mechanisms
mental processes that protect individuals from a strong or stressful emotions and situations
perception
the act of becoming aware through the senses
stressor
anything that causes stress
psychosomatic response
physical reation that results from stress rather then from an injury or illness
chronic stress
stress associated with long term problems
relaxation response
state of calm
stages of grief
variety of reactions that may surface as an individual makes sense of how a loss affects him or her
closure
acceptance of loss
coping
dealing successfully with difficult changes in your life
mourning
the act of showing sorrow or grief
traumatic event
any event that has a stressful impact sufficient to overwhelm your normal coping strategies
anxiety
the condition of feeling uneasy or worried about whay may happen
depression
prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and sadness
apathy
lack of strong feelings, interest, or concern
mental disorder
an illness of mind that can affect the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person, preventing him or her from leading a happy, healthy, and productive life
stigma
mark of shame or disapproval that results in an individual being shuinned or rejected by others
anxiety disorder
condition in which real or imagines fears are difficult to control
mood disorder
illness that invloves mood extremes that interfere with everyday living
conduct disorder
patterns of behavior in which the rights of others or basic social rules are violated
alienation
feeling isolated and seperated from everyone else
suicide
act of intentionally taking one's own life
cluster suicides
series of suicides occuring within a short period of time and involving several people in the same school or community
psychotherapy
ongoing dialogue between a patient and a mental health professional
behaior therapy
treatment process that focuses on changing unwanted behaviors through rewards and reinforcements
cognitive therapy
treatment method designed to identigy and correct distorted thinking patterns that can lead to feelings and behaviors that may be troublesome, self defeating, or self distructive
family therapy
helping the family function in more postive and constructive ways by exploring patterns in communication and providing support and education
group therapy
treating a group of people who have similar problems and who meet reguarly with a trained counselor
drug therapy
th use of certain medications to treat or reduce the symptoms of a mental disorder