Friday, February 8, 2013

PSYCHIATRIC CLINICAL SYMPTOMS


PSYCHIATRIC CLINICAL SYMPTOMS

AMNESIA
loss of memory

ANXIETY
varying degrees of uneasiness, apprehension, or dread often accompanied by palpatations, tightness in the chest, breathlessness, and choking sensations

APATHY
absence of emotions; lack of interest or emotional involvment.

AUTISTIC THOUGHT
thinking is internally stimulated and ideas have a private meaning. (Auto-means self). fantasy life may be thought of as reality; often a symptom of schizophrenia. 

COMPULSION
uncontrollable urge to perform an act repeatedly

CONVERSION
anxiety becomes a bodily symptom, such as blindness, deafness, or paralysis, that does not have an organic basis. 

DELUSIONS
a fixed, false belief that cannot be changed by logical reasoning or evidence

DISSOCIATION
uncomfortable feelings are seperated from their real object. in order to avoid mental distress, the feelings are redirected towards a second object or behavior pattern

DYSPHORIA
sadness, hopelessness, depressive mood or feeling "low"

EUPHORIA
exaggerated feeling of well-being ("high")

HALLUCINATION
false or unreal sensory perception as, for example, hearing voices when none are present; an illusion is a false perception of an actual sensory stimulus

LABILE
unstable; undergoing rapid emotional change

MANIA
state of excessive excitability; hyperactive elation

MUTISM
nonreactive state; stupor

OBSESSION
an involuntary, persistent idea or emotion; the suffix -mania indicates a strong obsession with something (example, pyromania is an obsession with fire)

PARANOIA
overly suspicious system of thinking; fixed delusion that one is being harassed, persecuted, or unfairly treated