ORGANICISM (Organic Viewpoint)

The theory that all disorders, both physical and mental, have an organic basis.Those who adhere to this point of view in psychiatry hold that...

ORGANISMIC THEORY

A holistic theory of personality developed primarily by Kurt Goldstein (1879-1965).Organismic theory views the individual as a totality and emphasizes the integration of personality....

ORGAN NEUROSIS

The psychoanalytic term for a neurosis in which bodily disturbances are prominent symptoms.The term recognizes the fact that unconscious mental processes can produce such...

ORGONE THERAPY (Vegetother- apy)

The therapeutic approach of Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), based on the dissipation of sexual tensions through the attainment of full orgasm.Reich was originally a member...

OSS ASSESSMENT TESTS

A series of personality tests, primarily of the situational type, devised for the selection of candidates for strategic missions during World War II.When the...

OVERPROTECTION (“Momlsm”)

Every young child needs a great deal of care, attention, and “mothering,” and every older child needs help and guidance in meeting the situations...

OBJECT RELATIONSHIP

A treatment procedure carried out in writing in order to reduce the subjectivity involved in a personal relationship between patient and therapist. The technique...

OBSESSRVE-COMPULSIVE REACTION

A psychoneurotic reaction characterized by a persistent impulse to think certain thoughts (obsessions) or carry out certain actions (compulsions). Obsessions and compulsions are usually...

OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHIATRY (Industrial Psychiatry)

The practice of psychiatry in a work setting, on either a full-time or consultative basis.This growing field represents “a promising meeting-ground between preventive psychiatry...

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

A form of supportive therapy consisting of activities involving skill, such as weaving or typing.The primary purpose of occupational therapy is to further the...

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