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  1. Psychological child abuse Psychological child abuse
    Psychological child abuse: Also known as emotional child abuse, this is the third most frequently reported form of child abuse (after child neglect and physical child abuse), accounting 17% of all cases of child abuse. It is likely that emotional child abuse is greatly underreported, since it c...
  2. Psychological imprinting Psychological imprinting
    Psychological imprinting: A remarkable genetic phenomenon that occurs in animals, and theoretically humans, in the first hours of life. The newborn creature bonds to the type of animals it meets at birth, and begins to pattern its behavior after them. In humans, this is often called bonding and ...
  3. Psychologist, clinical Psychologist, clinical
    Psychologist, clinical: A professional specializing in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems. Psychologists can only use talk therapy as treatment; you must see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor to be treated with medication. Psychologis...
  4. Psychology Psychology
    Psychology: The study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behavior. There are a number of fields of psychology. Clinical psychology is concerned with diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain, emotional disturbances, and behavior problems. Child psychology is the study o...
  5. Psychology, clinical Psychology, clinical
    Psychology, clinical: A professional specialty concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems. Psychologists can only use talk therapy as treatment; you must see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor to be treated with medication. Psycho...
  6. Psychology, social Psychology, social
    Psychology, social: The study of the mind and mental processes, particularly as regards social interactions, focusing on the ways our actions influence others, and vice versa. Social psychology is a hybrid discipline, a fusion product of sociology and psychology. (In contrast to psychology's atomiza...
  7. Psychoneuroimmunology Psychoneuroimmunology
    Psychoneuroimmunology: The study of the connections between the mind and the neural, immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems. The basic concept of psychoneuroimmunology is the concept that the mind and body are inseparable. It follows that stress affects the body's ability to resist disease. The b...
  8. Psychooncology Psychooncology
    Psychooncology: See: Psycho-oncology....
  9. Psychopathic personality Psychopathic personality
    Antisocial personality: See: Antisocial personality disorder....
  10. Psychopathic personality disorder Psychopathic personality disorder
    Psychopathic personality disorder: See: Antisocial personality disorder....
  11. Psychosis Psychosis
    Psychosis: In the general sense, a mental illness that markedly interferes with a person's capacity to meet life's everyday demands. In a specific sense, it refers to a thought disorder in which reality testing is grossly impaired. Symptoms can include seeing, hearing, smelling, or tasting thing...
  12. Psychosis, ICU Psychosis, ICU
    Psychosis, ICU: A disorder in which patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) or a similar hospital setting may experience anxiety, become paranoid, hear voices, see things that are not there, become severely disoriented in time and place, become very agitated, even violent, etc. The condition h...
  13. Psychosis, intensive care unit Psychosis, intensive care unit
    Psychosis, intensive care unit: A disorder in which patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) or a similar hospital setting may experience anxiety, become paranoid, hear voices, see things that are not there, become severely disoriented in time and place, become very agitated, even violent, etc...
  14. Psychosis, Othello Psychosis, Othello
    Psychosis, Othello: See: Othello syndrome....
  15. Psychosis, schizophrenia Psychosis, schizophrenia
    Psychosis, schizophrenia: The most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses. Schizophrenia may be one disorder, or it may be many disorders, with different causes. Because of the disorder's complexity, few generalizations hold true for all people who are diagnosed as schizophrenic. ...