Science / Psychiatry Glossary
Free Association: In psychoanalytic therapy, spontaneous, uncensored verbalization by the patient of whatever comes to mind.
Free-Floating Anxiety: pervasive and unfocused anxiety.
Fregolis Syndrome: patient believes that a familiar person, who is often believed to be the persons persecutor, has taken on different appearances.
Freudian Slips (Parapraxes): unconscious thoughts slipping through when one is off guard.
Frotteurism: One of the paraphilias, consisting of recurrent, intense sexual urges involving touching and rubbing against a nonconsenting person; common sites in which such activities take place are crow . . . View Full Definition
Fugue: the individual wanders away from usual surroundings and has loss of memory.
Functional Hallucination: the stimulus causing the hallucination is heard in addition to the hallucination. e.g. someone hears
Fusion: The union and integration of the instincts and drives so that they complement each other and help the organism to deal effectively with both internal needs and external demands.
Galactorrhea: (ga-lak-to-re-ah) An excessive flow of breast milk in men or women. This is sometimes a side-effect of antipsychotic medications.
Gegenhalten: Active resistance to passive movement of the extremities that does not appear to be under voluntary control.
Gender Dysphoria: A persistent aversion toward some or all of those physical characteristics or social roles that connote ones own biological sex.
Gender Identity: A persons inner conviction of being male or female.
Gender Role: Attitudes, patterns of behavior, and personality attributes defined by the culture in which the person lives as stereotypically masculine or feminine social roles.
Global Aphasia: both receptive and expressive aphasia present at the same time.
Globus Hystericus: The disturbing sensation of a lump in the throat.
Glossolalia: Gibberish-like speech or speaking in tongues.
Gradual-Onset Schizophrenia: Symptoms develop so slowly that it often takes a long period of time before the illness is obvious to the individual, his/her family, or his/her friends.
Grandiosity: An inflated appraisal of ones worth, power, knowledge, importance, or identity. When extreme, grandiosity may be of delusional proportions.
Grossly Disorganized Behavior: Unusual behavior in which the individual acts any number of ways from silly and childlike to angry and aggressive. A positive symptom of schizophrenia.
Gustatory Hallucination: A hallucination involving the perception of taste (usually unpleasant).
Gynaecomastia: The development of excess breast tissue in men which is sometimes a side effect of antipsychotic medication, as a result of hyperprolactinaemia. May be accompanied by galactorrhoea.
Hallucination: false sensory perception in the absence of a real external stimulus. It is perceived as being located in objective space and as having the same realistic qualities as normal perceptions. It . . . View Full Definition
Hallucinosis: hallucination (usually auditory ) occurring in clear consciousness. e.g in alcoholism.
Haloperidol: A typical antipsychotic.
HAM-D: Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression – an assessment tool to determine presence and severity of depression.