Suicidal Thoughts Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Addiction: An uncontrollable craving, seeking, and use of a substance such as alcohol or a...

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Alcohol abuse: Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions (binge...

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Antidepressant: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

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

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

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

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Cocaine: A substance derived from the leaves of the coca plant that is a bitter, addictive...

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Consultant: An individual to whom one refers for expert advice or services. The use of con...

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Cry for help: An expression of suicidal intent in the hope of receiving help and being res...

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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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Disordered thinking: A failure to be able to "think straight." Thoughts may come and go ra...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Essential: In medicine, of unknown cause, as in essential hypertension (high blood pressur...

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Family history: The family structure and relationships within the family, including inform...

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Family therapy: A type of psychotherapy designed to identify family patterns that contribu...

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Herbal: 1. An adjective, referring to herbs, as in an herbal tea.
2. A...

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Human immunodeficiency virus: HIV, the cause of AIDS. HIV has also previously been called ...

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Immunodeficiency: The inability to form a normal immune response. Immunodeficiency can be ...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Lab test: A test that is done in the laboratory where the appropriate equipment, supplies,...

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Lethal: Deadly.

Marijuana: A common street and recreational drug that comes from the marijuana plant: the ...

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Memory: 1. The ability to recover information about past events or knowledge. ...

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OCD: 1. Obsessive-compulsive disorder; 2. Osteochondritis dissecans.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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PCP: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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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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PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Schizophrenia: One of several brain diseases whose symptoms may include loss of personalit...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Substance abuse: The excessive use of a substance, especially alcohol or a drug. (There is...

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

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Suicide prevention: Diminishing the risk of suicide. It may not be possible to eliminate e...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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

Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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