Psychology: Chapter 18
Terms in this set (19)
a pattern of behavior or a mental process that causes serious personal suffering or interferes with a person's ability to cope with everyday life.
clusters of symptoms that define or describe an illness in a particular culture.
a psychological state characterized by tension and apprehension, foreboding, and dread.
an excessive, irrational fear out of proportion of the actual danger.
an anxiety disorder characterized by a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object or situation.
an irrational fear of social situations in which one might be exposed to the close scrutiny of others.
an episode of intense dread in which a person experiences terror and other frightening sensations, such as chest pain, rapid heartbeat, or choking.
a fear of crowded, public places.
a recurring thought or image that seems to be beyond control.
an apparently irresistible urge to repeat an act or engage in ritualistic behaviors such as hand washing.
post-traumatic stress disorder
a disorder that follows a stressing event outside the range of normal human experience and is characterized by intense fear, avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, and reliving of the event.
a split in consciousness.
a dissociative disorder characterized by persistent or recurrent feeling that one is unreal or detached from one's own experience or body.
the expression of psychological distress through physical symptoms.
a psychological disorder characterized by extreme sadness, an inability to concentrate, and feeling helpless.
a disorder in which a person's mood inappropriately alternates between extremes of happy and sad.
mood characterized by extreme happiness and hyperactivity.
a group of severe psychotic disorders being characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotion, and behavior.
a immobile, expressionless, coma-like state associated with schizophrenia.
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