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Behavioral Emerg

Chapter 19

Activities of daily living (ADL) The basic activities a person usually accomplishes during a normal day, such as eating, dressing, and bathing.
Altered mental status A change in the way a person thinks and behaves that may signal disease in the central nervous system or elsewhere in the body.
Behavior How a person functions or acts in response to his or her environment.
Behavioral crisis The point at which a person's reactions to events interfere with activities of daily living; this becomes a psychiatric emergency when it causes a major life interruption, such as attempted suicide.
Depression A persistent mood of sadness, despair, and discouragement; may be a symptom of many different mental and physical disorders, or it may be a disorder of its own.
Functional disorder A disorder in which there is no known physiologic reason for the abnormal functioning of an organ or organ system.
Mental disorder An illness with psychological or behavior symptoms and or impairment in functioning caused by a social, psychological, genetic, physical, chemical, or biological disturbance.
Organic Brain Syndrome Temporary or permanent dysfunction of the brain, caused by a disturbance in the physical or physiologic functioning of brain tissue.
Psychogenic A symptom or illness that is caused by mental factors as opposed to physical ones.
Reflective listening A technique used to gain insight into a patient's thinking, involving repeating, in the form of a question, what the patient has said.
Created by: azoch