Glossary

Antidepressant– a drug used to treat depression

Antiviral– medication that works against viruses

Anxiety– an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs

Bipolar Disorder– any of several psychological disorders of mood characterized usually by alternating episodes of depression and mania

Borderline Personality Disorder- personality disorder that is marked by unstable, intense emotions and mood with symptoms including instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image, fear of abandonment, and impulsive or unpredictable behavior and that has an onset during adolescence or early adulthood

Brain Fog-a feeling of not having mental clarity

Creatine– a manmade form of a chemical that is produced in the body, often used for muscle enhancement

Conservatorship– legal status to which a court appoints a person to manage the financial and personal affairs of a minor or incapacitated person.

Depression- a mood disorder that is marked by varying degrees of sadness, despair, and loneliness and that is typically accompanied by inactivity, guilt, loss of concentration, social withdrawal, sleep disturbances, and sometimes suicidal tendencies

Dermatillomania– chronic skin picking disorder

Dopamine– a neurotransmitter that affects how we feel pleasure

Immunomodulatory Drug– a drug that affects the functioning of the immune system

LGBTQIAlesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (one’s sexual or gender identity), intersex, and asexual/aromantic/agender

Lithium– a salt of lithium (such as lithium carbonate) used in psychiatric medicine

Mania– excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood

Mental Health Health care dealing with the promotion and improvement of mental health and the treatment of mental illness 

Mental Illness- a broad range of medical conditions that are marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, or emotions to impair normal psychological functioning and cause marked distress or disability and that are typically associated with a disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, interpersonal interactions, or daily functioning

Norepinephrine– a stress hormone and neurotransmitter, controls the body’s fight or flight response

Panic Attack– a brief episode of intense fear or dread that is of sudden onset and typically subsides within 30 minutes, usually occurs for no apparent reason but may sometimes be associated with an identifiable triggering stimulus, and is accompanied by a sense of unreality and the impending loss of control and by various debilitating physical symptoms

Psychosis- a serious mental illness characterized by defective or lost contact with reality often with hallucinations or delusions

Serotonin– a key hormone that stabilizes mood, feeling of wellbeing, and happiness

Schizophrenia- a mental illness that is characterized by disturbances in thought, perception, and behavior, by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life

Suicide- the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally

Reference for all definitions- Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s most-trusted online dictionary