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Chapter 3, 4, 5

Mental & Emotional Health

mental/emotional health The ability to accept yourself & others, express & manage emotions, and deal with the demands & challenges you meet in life.
resilient The ability to adapt effectively & recover from disappointment, difficulty or crisis.
self-esteem How much you value, respect & feel confident about yourself.
competence Having enough skills to do something.
hierarchy of needs A ranked list of those needs essential to human growth & development, presented in ascending order, starting with basic needs & building toward the need for reaching your highest potential.
self-actualization To strive to become the best you can be.
personal identity Your sense of yourself as a unique individual.
role model Someone whose success or behavior serves as an example for you.
personality A complex set of characteristics that make you unique.
character The qualities that describe how a person thinks, feels and behaves.
integrity a firm observance of core ethical values
constructive criticism Non-hostile comments that point out problems & encourage improvement
emotions Signals that tell your mind & body how to react
hormones Chemicals produced by your glands that regulate the activities of different body cells.
hostility The intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior
empathy The ability to imagine & understand how someone else feels
defense mechanisms Mental processes that protect individuals from strong or stressful emotions & situations
perception The act of becoming aware through the senses
stressor Anything that causes stress
psychosomatic response A physical reaction, which results from stress rather than from injury or illness
chronic stress stress associated with long-term problems that are beyond a person's control
relaxation response A state of calm
stages of grief A variety of reactions that may surface as an individual makes sense of how a loss affects him or her
closure Acceptance of a loss
coping Dealing successfully with difficult changes in your life
mourning The act of showing sorrow or grief
traumatic event Any event that has a stressful impact that overwhelm your normal coping strategies
anxiety Feeling uneasy or worried about what may happen
depression Prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness & sadness.
apathy A lack of strong feeling, interest or concern.
mental disorder An illness of the mind that can affect the thoughts, feelings & behaviors of a person, preventing the person from leading a happy, healthful & productive life.
stigma A mark of shame of disapproval that results in an individual being shunned or rejected by others.
anxiety disorder A condition in which real or imagined fears are difficult to control
mood disorder Illness that involves mood extremes that interfere with everyday living
conduct disorder Patterns of behavior inn which the rights of others or basic social rules are violated
alienation Feeling isolated & separated from everyone else.
suicide Intentionally taking one's own life.
cluster suicides A series of suicides occurring within a short period of time & involve several people in nthe same school or community.
psychotherapy An ongoing dialogue between a patient & a mental health professional.
behavior therapy A treatment process that focuses on changing unwanted behavior through rewards & reinforcement
cognitive therapy A treatment method designed to identify & correct distorted thinking patterns that can lead to feelings & behaviors that may be troublesome, self-defeating or self-destructive.
family therapy Helping the family function in more positive & constructive ways by exploring the patterns inn communication & providing support & education.
group therapy Treating a group of people who have similar problems.
drug therapy The use of certain medications to treat or reduce the symptoms of a mental disorder.
Created by: Mrs.Coons