AUTOSCOPIC SYNDROME

A rare psychotic disorder in which the patient suffers from the delusion of seeing a “double” who looks, talks, dresses, and acts exactly like...

AVOIDANCE LEARNING

Learning to avoid an unpleasant or painful stimulus by responding to a warning signal.In the course of our lives we acquire many avoidance responses....

AUDITORY SPACE PERCEPTIO

The perception of spatial qualities through the sense of hearing.Space perception occurs in audition as well as vision since hearing gives us cues both...

AURA (literally, “air” or “atmosphere”)

In psychiatry, subjective premonitory symptoms preceding an epileptic convulsionand in some cases an acute migraine attack or other approaching disorder. Sensations of all types...

AUTISM (Autistic Thinking)

Uncritical thinking dominated by fantasies that have little or no relation to reality, the gratification of wishes and desires in imagination.Reverie, flights of fancy,...

AUTOEROTISM

Sexual pleasure derived from one’s own body.The term was invented by Havelock Ellis and is most frequently used as a synonym for masturbation. However,...

AUTOMATISM

This term is used in several senses. Basically, as English and English (1958) state, it is “an act performed without realization or intent, often...

AUTOPSYCHIC

A general term characterizing impulses or ideas which originate from the self; also, pertaining to selfconsciousness or ideas relating to the individual’s own personality....

APRAXIA (literally, “inability to act or do”)

Loss of ability to perform purposeful movements or manipulate common objects.This disorder is caused by injury or disease which damages the parietal lobe of...

ARACHNODACTYLY (Marfan’s syndrome)

A rare inherited disorder characterized by long limbs and spidery hands and feet (the term means “spidery fingers”), and usually associated with mild mental...

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