PSYCHOMOTOR EXCITEMENT

A general state of physical and psychological overactivity.The excited patient is constantly on the move but totally unproductive because he constantly shifts from activity...

PSYCHONEUROSIS

A functional personality disorder characterized by disturbing emotional symptoms such as morbid fears, obsessive thoughts, or depressive states, but without gross personality disorganization or...

PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGIC DISORDERS (GENERAL)

Disturbances in the function or structure of a bodily organ resulting from prolonged emotional stress. The symptoms are physical (somatic) and are produced in...

PUERPERAL PSYCHOSIS

Psychotic reactions occurring in the period following childbirth, which is technically known as the puerperium. This period extends from the termination of labor to...

PERSONALITY PATTERN DISTURBANCE

A group of personality disorders comprising personality types that are deeply ingrained resistant to change, and predisposed to develop into psychosis under stress. In...

PERSONALITY TRAIT THEORY

An approach to personality description originated by Raymond B. Cattell, based on an analysis of characteristics into surface traits and source traits.A trait is...

PAIN DRIVE

drive directed to the removal of noxious stimulation.This basic drive is activated by special sense organs in the form of free nerve endings embedded...

PAIRED ASSOCIATES LEARNING

A technique for studying learning. Words, syllables, digits, or other items are learned in pairs, and the subject is later tested on his ability...

PARALOGICAL THINKING

False, illogical thinking found particularly in schizophrenic reactionsParalogical thinking may take many forms. A patient who is preoccupied with his own subjective thoughts and...

PARAMNESIA

A falsification or distortion of memory; a confusion of fact with fantasy in recalling events.We have all experienced some of the “tricks” that memory...

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