ANAL CHARACTER

A psychoanalytic term for a group of personality traits believed to stem from the anal stage of psychosexual development.Between the ages of two and...

ANAL EROTISM

Psychoanalytic term for pleasurable sensations associated with the anal region.These sensations arise in infancy during the anal phase of psychosexual development when the child...

ANTISOCIAL REACTION

A form of “socio- pathic personality disturbance” characterized by impulsive, egocentric, unethical behavior.The antisocial, or psychopathic, individual acts as if he has no conscience,...

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...

ARISTOTLE (384-322 B.C.)

Little is known of the life of this great physician other than the fact that he was bom in the small kingdom of Cappadocia...

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...

ACCIDENT-PRONENESS

A high susceptibility to accidents; the tendency to be an “accident repeater.” It is an accepted fact that there are wide variations in susceptibility...

ALLOPSYCHIC

A general term characterizing the assignment or projection of one’s own thoughts or ideas to people or events in the outside world.In an allopsychic...

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