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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


ability to adapt effectively and recover from disappointment, difficulty, or crisis


how much you value, respect, and feel confident about yourself


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


complex set of characteristics that makes you unique


the distinctive qualities that descibe how a person thinks, feels, and behaves


firm observance if cire ethical values

constructive criticism

nonhostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement


singals that tell your mind and body how to react


chemicals produced by your glands that regulate the activities of different body cells


the intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior


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


the act of becoming aware through the senses


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


acceptance of loss


dealing successfully with difficult changes in your life


the act of showing sorrow or grief

traumatic event

any event that has a stressful impact sufficient to overwhelm your normal coping strategies


the condition of feeling uneasy or worried about whay may happen


prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and sadness


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


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


feeling isolated and seperated from everyone else


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


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

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