ARTERIOSCLEROTIC BRAIN DISORDER

A psychotic disorder caused by hardening of the arteries in the brain; classified by The American Psychiatric Association (1952) as “Chronic Brain Syndrome associated...

ASCLEPIADES (124 B.C.-?)

This early physician, who anticipated many modem ideas on mental illness, was born in the Greek colony of Bithynia and migrated to Rome at...

ASSERTION-STRUCTURED THERAPY

A systematic approach to psychotherapy developed by E. Lakin Phil lips, based upon the theory that neurotic tendencies can be traced to faulty assumptions...

ALLPORT - VERNON - LENDZEY STUDY OF VALUES

A personality test which attempts to uncover the individual’s dominant and pervasive interests.The study is in the form of a questionnaire designed to show...

ASTHENIC REACTION (Neurasthenia)

A neurotic reaction marked by persistent feelings of mental and physical fatigue, diffuse “nervousness,” and vague aches and pains.The asthenic patient feels that any...

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Presenile dementia due to widespread degeneration of brain cells into tangled, threadlike structures; first described by the German neurologist Alois Alzheimer (1864- 1915) in...

ASYLUM (Insane Asylum)

(literally, “refuge”)- An obsolete term for a mental hospital or psychiatric institution The word has a long history. According to D. H. Tuke (1892)...

AMENTIA

An obsolescent term for mental retardation, particularly the severe, congenital type of defect in which the brain fails to develop. This type of mental...

ATARACTIC (Atanndc)

(literally “undisturbed”). A drug used to control anxiety, tension, and overactivity without causing somnolence—a tranquilizer. See tranquilizers, chemotherapy.The get of focusing on a specific...

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION

The Association describes itself as “A society of medical specialists brought together by a common interest in the continuing study of psychiatry, in working...

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