School Refusal Glossary of Terms

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Anxiety disorder: A chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense o...

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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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Behavior therapy: A treatment program that involves substituting desirable behavior respon...

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Bipolar disorder: A mood disorder sometimes called manic-depressive illness or manic-depr...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Cognitive: Having to do with thought, judgment, or knowledge.

Cognitive behavior therapy: A therapeutic practice that helps patients recognize and remed...

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Cognitive therapy: A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the concept that...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Group therapy: 1) A type of psychiatric care in which several patients meet with one or m...

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Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Hypertensive: Having abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension). See also: Hypotensive;...

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Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep due to a number ...

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Manic: In a state of mania.

Neurologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of th...

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Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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Pediatric: Pertaining to children.

Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Phobia: An unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic. Phobias are a rel...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Psychiatrist: A physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of m...

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Psychiatry: The medical specialty that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and tr...

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Remission: Disappearance of the signs and symptoms of cancer or other disease. A remission...

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Reuptake: The reabsorption of a secreted substance by the cell that originally produced an...

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Seizure: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical conv...

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Separation anxiety: A developmental stage during which a child experiences anxiety when se...

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Separation anxiety disorder: Excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from tho...

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Serotonin: A neurotransmitter that is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. Sero...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Suicidal: Pertaining to suicide. the taking of ones own life. As in a suicidal gesture, su...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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