ENTROPY (literally “turning toward or turning inward”)

A diminished capacity for spontaneous change; the inability to translate psychic or physical energy into a new form.In its psychiatric use the term is...

ENURESIS (Bed-wetting)

Persistent involuntary discharge of urine, usually during sleep, after the age of three. Bed-wetting may occur every night, several times a week, or only...

EPIDEMIC ENCEPHALITIS

An inflammation of brain tissue caused by a filterable virus, and sometimes associated with systemic infections such as measles, mumps, and hepatitis.The disease reached...

EPILEPSY (Etiology and Therapy)

The primary symptoms of epilepsy, alterations of consciousness in association with convulsive movements, are produced by disturbances in the electrical discharges of the brain...

EPILEPSY (Symptoms and Types)

Epilepsy comprises a group of disorders characterized by transient, recurrent episodes of clouding or loss of consciousness, sometimes with convulsive movements or automatic behavior....

EQUILIBRIUM (Labyrinthine Sense; Vestibular Sense)

The sense of balance and position.Two sets of receptors in the inner ear, or “labyrinth,” are responsible for our senses of balance and position...

EIDETIC IMAGERY (Photographic Memory)

Mental imagery, usually visual, which closely resembles actual perception.Some people are able to look at a drawing or page of print for a short...

EROTIC

An adjective applied to any person, object, or experience that is consciously or unconsciously charged with sexual feeling.In psychoanalytic theory all sexual energy is...

ELATION

A mood of exaggerated well-being and joyous excitement accompanied by restless energy and a confident, optimistic attitude.The most typical psychiatric manifestation of elation is...

EROTOGENIC ZONE (Erogenous Zone)

An area of the body that is particularly susceptible to erotic stimulation. Three of these zones are considered primary: the oral, anal, and genital....

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