an eating disorder that involves self-starvation, a distorted body image, and low body weight
Characterized by unpleasant tensions, distress, and avoidance behavior; examples are phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic distress disorder.
A pervasive developmental disorder marked by severe impairments in social relationships and communication as well as bizarre behavior patterns.
condition marked by physical symptoms with no organic basis, appearing as a result of anxiety and unconscious inner conflict
Unconscious technique (coping mechanism) that a person uses to resolve or conceal conflicts and anxiety.
confused thinking and disrupted attention usually accompanied by distorted speech and hallucinations
loss of intellectual abilities with impairment of memory, judgment, and reasoning as well as changes in personality.
Major mood disorder with chronic sadness, loss of energy, hopelessness, worry, and discouragement and, commonly, suicidal impulses and thoughts.
Chronic or sudden disturbance of memory, identity, or consciousness; examples are multiple-personality disorder and psychogenic amnesia.
Extreme excitement, hyperactive elation, and agitation. Don't confuse with the suffix -mania, meaning obsession.
anxiety disorder in which recurrent thoughts and repetitive acts dominate behavior
overly suspicious system of thinking; fixed delusion that one is being harassed, persecuted, or unfairly treated
Recurrent, intense sexual urge; fantasy or behavior that involves unusual objects, activities and 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; autism and Asperger syndrome are examples
Anxiety related symptoms appear following exposure to personal experience of a traumatic event
projective (personality) test
diagnostic personality test using unstructured stimuli (inkblots, pictures abstract patterns, incomplete sentences) to evoke responses that reflext aspects of an individual's personality
a professional who earned a medical degree (M.D.) and complete a residency in psychiatry. Specialists in working with people with major psychological disorders - they are schooled in the biomedical model which focuses on the physical processes thought to underly mental and emotional disorders.
a nonmedical doctor of psychology who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders
a disorder marked by loss of contact with reality; often with delusions and hallucinations
psychological process that distinguishes fact from fantasy; severely impaired in psychosis
Defense mechanism by which anxiety-provoking thoughts and feelings are forced to the unconscious.
a disorder characterized by severe disturbances in thinking, mood, awareness, and behavior
presence of physical symptoms that cannot be explained by an actual physical disorder or other well-described mental disorder such as depression
regular overuse of psychoactive substances (alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, opoids, and sedatives) that affect CNS