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...

PHANTOM REACTION

A psychological disturbance occurring in individuals who have lost a limb or other body part. The reaction consists of various annoying or painful sensations...

PHYSIOGNOMIC PERCEPTION

A term applied by Heinz Werner to the tendency to view the world in the light of emotional and motor qualities—that is, to endow...

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...

PARANOID REACTION (GENERAL)

A psychotic reaction marked by more or less systematized delusions without personality disorganization or deterioration. The term was first applied to persecutory and grandoise...

PARANOID STATES

A psychotic disorder characterized by transient, poorly systematized delusions.Paranoid states appear to be intermediate between “true” paranoia and paranoid schizophrenia. The delusions are usually...

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