EMT-B Chapter 19
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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 on its own.
A change in the way a person thinks and behaves that may signal disease in the central nervous system or elsewhere in the body.
Altered Mental Status
A technique used to gain insight into a patient''s thinking, involving repeating, in the form of a question, what the patient has said.
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.
A disorder in which there is no known physiologic reason for the abnormal functioning of an organ or organ system.
Temporary or permanent dysfunction of the brain, caused by a disturbance in the physical or physiologic functioning of brain tissue.
Organic Brain Syndrome
The basic activities a person usually accomplishes during a normal day, such as eating, dressing, and bathing.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
A symptom or illness that is caused by mental factors as opposed to physical ones.
How a person functions or acts in response to his or her environment.
An illness with psychological or behavioral symptoms and/or impairment in functioning caused by a social, psychological, genetic, physical, chemical, or biologic disturbance.
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