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(psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic acting out
(psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated anorexia nervosa
(psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people autism
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors compensation
(psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered confabulation
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis conversion
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires defence , defence mechanism , defence reaction , defense , defense mechanism , defense reaction
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts denial
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one displacement
(psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness disturbance , folie , mental disorder , mental disturbance , psychological disorder
(psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia) echolalia
physician who specializes in psychiatry head-shrinker , psychiatrist , shrink
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad idealisation , idealization
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict intellectualisation , intellectualization
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it isolation
(psychiatry) a state of depression with all the classic symptoms (anhedonia and lethargy and sleep disturbance and despondency and morbid thoughts and feelings of worthlessness and sometimes attempted suicide) but with no known organic dysfunction major depressive episode
branch of psychiatry concerned with psychological methods mental hygiene , psychotherapeutics , psychotherapy
(psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite overcompensation
(psychiatry) a disorder of memory in which dreams or fantasies are confused with reality paramnesia
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else projection
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