DEMONOLOGY

Even before Greek and Roman civilization collapsed under the impact of the barbarian onslaught in the fifth century, the Dark Ages in psychiatric history...

DISSOCIATION

The unconscious defense mechanism of keeping conflicting attitudes and impulses apart.This is the common human tendency of not letting the left hand know what...

DEMYELINATING DISORDERS

These diseases, which include multiple sclerosis and diffuse sclerosis, are due to the degeneration of the insulating (myelin) sheath around nerve fibers, and its...

DISSOCIATIVE REACTION

A psychoneurotic reaction in which a portion of experience is split off, or isolated, from conscious awareness.As a neurotic reaction, dissociation is an unconscious...

DENIAL OF REALITY (DENIAL)

The unconscious defense mechanism of denying the existence of painful facts.This technique enables an individual to escape from intolerable thoughts, wishes, actions, or events...

DIX, DOROTHEA LYNDE (1802-87)

Dorothea Dix was the most effective advocate of humanitarian reform in American mental institutions during the nineteenth century. Born in Maine, she lived in...

DEREISTIC THINKING

Mental activity which is not in accord with reality, experience and logic.Daydreams frequently fall into this category, but the most striking examples are found...

DOMINANCE RELATIONSHIP

A pattern of social organization in which some individuals assert a higher rank than others.Dominance relationships are frequently observed in animals as well as...

DESCARTES, RENE (1596-1650)

Though primarily a philosopher and mathematician, Descartes nevertheless had a profound influence on the development of psychology. Bom in La Hague, he attended a...

DESCRIPTIVE PSYCHIATRY

A systematic approach to psychiatry based upon the observation, study, and classification of directly observable symptoms and clinical patterns. It contrasts with the dynamic...

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